Malaysians really love their mobile internet and our data consumption is set to increase exponentially in the coming years. According to Maxis’ Q2 2017 report, average data usage on their network has almost doubled from 3.7GB/month to 7.0GB/month year-on-year. In addition, Ericsson predicts that mobile data traffic will increase by 11X for South East Asia and Oceania by 2022.
While our telcos are continuously upgrading their network, there’s one major problem that would hinder our demand for more data and it’s up in the air. Based on UTM’s report on our mobile broadband development, Malaysia needs more spectrum in order to fulfil the growing need for mobile data. If Malaysia doesn’t take appropriate action, the quality of our mobile internet would deteriorate.
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As Digi expands its 4G network, they have not forgotten its users that spend most of their time indoors. If you’ve been having poor signal at home or while at work, that will soon change in the second half of 2017.
It will take at least 3 years before 5G is ready for commercial service but U Mobile is now a step closer with its commercial roll out of 4.5G. This is the first in Malaysia and it’s made possible in collaboration with Huawei. With 4.5G, U Mobile promises twice the speed of 4G on supporting devices.
Celcom and Ericsson today had teamed up to showcase Malaysia’s first 5G trial. Not only this is the first in the country but it’s also the first 5G trial to be conducted in South East Asia utilising the higher 28GHz band.
Celcom aims to be a technology leader and they have invested over RM1 billion in the past year on its network. To cater for growing connectivity demands, Celcom has introduced its new Lightning Fast LTE network which will be rolled out in the months to come.
Utilising 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM, Celcom claims to be the first telco in Malaysia to deliver ultra-fast download speeds of up to 480Mbps.
Celcom says they are working towards building the most advanced 4G network in the country. To achieve that, they are undergoing a nationwide modernisation exercise with Ericsson Malaysia and Huawei Technologies. More than 4,600 communication towers will be upgraded with the latest 4G equipment and software.
What is your ideal 4G LTE network? If you ask anyone, most would answer lots of cheap data. Personally, I would prefer a network with coverage that’s wide enough that I wouldn’t even need to worry about it.
For almost 10 years, most Malaysians have a choice of 4 mobile networks, namely Celcom, Digi, Maxis and U Mobile. This year, things are starting to change as more operators are entering the space.
Webe, formerly known as P1 has been launched but their full commercial services are yet to be seen until the second half of this year. This week, Yes is expected to introduce its 4G LTE service and they could go to market ahead of Webe.
Malaysian Mi fans are in for some fun, as the local Xiaomi HQ has announced a select few will be chosen to spend some quality time with the one of the most affordable power-packed devices – the Redmi Note 3 Pro – before its official launch.
Only 15 hopefuls will be chosen and if you tick all the right boxes, you’ll be able to keep the Redmi Note 3 Pro, free of charge. The smartphone maker has also announced its plan to release the device sometime in April 2016.
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5G is still a long way go but the folks at Qualcomm wants to enable gigabit wireless connectivity today. Their new X16 LTE is the first commercially announced modem that’s designed to deliver up to fibre optic 1Gbps speeds over today’s 4G LTE networks. That’s LTE Category 16 speeds, versus the current Cat 9 (600Mbps) and Cat 6 (300Mbps) standards that are supported on current flagship smartphones.
UPDATE: TMgo Unlimited Postpaid Plan is available at limited areas. More details after the break.
TM is going big on 4G LTE this year. Before they launch their all-new mobile service via P1, TM is currently offering 4G LTE broadband through TMgo. Prior to this, TMgo is available only as a prepaid service and you can sign up for it with a USB dongle or a 4G MiFi hotspot device.
If you’re looking for something more permanent for the home, it appears that TM is now offering a postpaid plan that comes with unlimited quota. Sounds like the perfect plan if you can’t get streamyx or Unifi at home.