The telco price war is now moving towards prepaid. The latest response is from Digi which now offers free weekend data on Smart Prepaid. This is very similar to Hotlink’s Free Weekends for Life offer that was announced about two weeks ago.
Capitalising on their “widest 4G LTE-A” network coverage, Digi launched two 4G LTE-Advanced plans — the Broadband 145 and Broadband 185. These plans are designed to give customers high-speed Internet connectivity anywhere within Digi’s LTE-A coverage areas via the company’s new LTE-A capable MobiFi device.
What does it take to be the widest 4G LTE network? Well apparently if you can connect every 1 in 2 Malaysians, it’ll earn you the title. Digi has managed to surpass their 45% network coverage year-end target by 5% and their network is currently able to support that 50% of the population on their high-speed internet service.
Digi has just announced that it will be extending its 4G LTE coverage for more areas in the Klang Valley to provide more people with faster internet speeds and it’s now available for prepaid too.
With Digi’s existing 3G coverage, the extended LTE services are part of the company’s plan to bring better broadband access to 80% of the populated areas in Greater KL with a target of 2Mbps minimum speed. Digi says that their customers cn expect better indoor and outdoor internet experience as well as reduction of drop call rates. On top of that, Digi will be deploying more sites that runs on both 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands in the next few quarters. So this means you could enjoy faster speeds on Digi if you’re using a smart phone that supports only 1800MHz LTE bands.
At the moment, Digi’s 4G LTE coverage covers 79% of Klang Valley’s population and 33% of the population nationwide. The areas that are currently covered by Digi’s 4G LTE services include the Klang Valley, Penang, Kuantan, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Tawau, Labuan, Kuching, Miri, Bintulu, Kampar, Langkawi and Port Dickson.
It has been speculated for quite a while that Green Packet is selling a major stake of its P1 WiMAX business. Now Reuters has reported that the deal is more or less finalised and Green Packet will be announcing the successful buyer by the end of this month.
Its Managing Director and CEO, CC Puan is expected to make an announcement on the deal in the coming weeks. So far, it has been speculated that DiGi, TM and YTL are in talks in acquire a controlling stake of P1 for its wireless spectrum. Among the 3, YTL is the only provider with an active WiMAX service running under its Yes brand while DiGi has started its 4G LTE service in mid 2013. TM is said to be planning to roll out LTE services by this month.
P1 is currently allocated 30MHz in the 2.3GHz WiMAX band and 20MHz of the 2.6GHz 4G LTE spectrum. Such spectrum is very limited and is very valuable for other players that aims to grab a foothold in wireless game.
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A few days back, iPhone users on DiGi were pushed a new software updates which gives them 4G LTE support. Now Apple’s website finally confirms this and have listed DiGi under its list of supported telcos for their iPad & iPhone which includes the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad Air & iPad mini with Retina display.
Unlike other 4G telcos such as Maxis & Celcom, DiGi’s 4G network is running solely on LTE Band 7 (2600MHz). Interestingly, Apple has listed DiGi being supported for the iPhone 5 and the 4th gen iPad with Retina Display which runs on LTE Band 3 (1800MHz). DiGi meanwhile has also confirmed on Twitter that its 4G network runs on 2600MHz.
At the moment, DiGi’s 4G LTE roll out is said to be in the testing phase and it is limited to the Klang Valley. Before you’re able to hook on to their 4G LTE network, DiGi says that you would need to switch to their USIM card which has a “U” indicated on the SIM.
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It appears that DiGi is one step closer in enabling 4G LTE for iPhones. If you’re an existing DiGi subscriber with an iPhone 5/5S, you should be getting a software update which enables LTE connectivity under Cellular settings.
However don’t get too excited just yet as DiGi’s 4G LTE service doesn’t seem to be working for smart phones right now. DiGi’s 4G LTE service is currently available for broadband & tablet use. In response, DiGi has tweeted that 4G LTE for smart phones would be coming soon but without mentioning when exactly.
When DiGi started its 4G LTE commercial service 6 months back, they were running only on LTE Band 7 (2600MHz). As comparison, the other LTE telcos such as Maxis & Celcom are running on both Band 3 (1800MHz) and 7 (2600MHz).
The latest iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C supports LTE on both 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequency while the previous iPhone 5 only supports 1800MHz. Ideally we hope DiGi would offer LTE on 1800MHz as well so that existing iPhone 5 users would get to enjoy 4G speeds too.
When DiGi started its 4G LTE Broadband service couple of months back, they didn’t offer any 4G broadband devices. Now with the 4G race heating up, they are now offering 4G LTE USB Modem & MiFi on contract. There are 4 plans to choose from with a choice of 4GB, 6GB and 10GB of data quota.
The 4G LTE USB Modem & MiFi are offered for free on its Broadband 6GB plan of RM99/month & 10GB plan of RM139/month. Outright, the Huawei 4G LTE USB modem is priced at RM499 while the Huawei 4G LTE MiFi goes for RM599. There’s no contract however there’s an upfront payment which will be rebated back across 12 months. For those that want to commit less, the 4G LTE Modem & MiFi is offered at RM138 and RM198 respectively on its Broadband 4GB and 4GB Day plans.
In terms of coverage, DiGi’s 4G LTE network is rather spotty right now with limited coverage at Shah Alam, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Bukit Bintang, and Ampang. You can check out the full coverage map here.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s 4G LTE modem promo page.
Never too late than never, DiGi is the 3rd telco to offer 4G LTE service in the country. Just like other telcos, the service is initially available as a data only service with smart phones plans not being supported at the moment.
Their 4G Broadband/Tablet plans are as follows:
Broadband 4GB Day (2AM-7PM) – RM49/month
Broadband 4GB – RM69/month
Broadband 6GB – RM99/month
Broadband 10GB – RM139/month
Tablet 500MB – RM25/month
Tablet 1GB – RM29/month
Tablet 1.5GB – RM39/month
Tablet 2GB – RM49/month
Tablet 6GB – RM99/month
Above rates are for new subscription and existing DiGi Postpaid subscribers enjoy RM10 off the monthly fees. For existing DiGi Broadband and Tablet subscribers of 6GB, the 4G LTE service is enabled automatically provided that you have the new DiGiNet+ SIM.
For other subscribers, the 4G LTE service can be enabled by subscribing 4G LTE On-
Demand which is charged at RM8 per day or RM30 per month which both comes with 1GB quota. Strangely there’s no 4G modems on bundle and you would need to purchase it outright yourself elsewhere. They have posted a list of 4G LTE devices compatible on their network here.
According to their FAQ, DiGi’s 4G LTE service offers downloads up to 30Mbps and uploads of up to 15Mbps.
In terms of spectrum, they support devices that runs on either 1800MHz (Band 3) and 2600MHz (Band 7) frequency. Update: DiGi clarifies that they’ve made an error in the FAQ. The network only supports 2600MHz (Band 7) at the moment.
Coverage wise it is pretty spoty with 4G LTE coverage at parts of down town KL, Chow Kit, Ampang, Pandan Indah, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Bandar Utama and Kota Damansara. You can view DiGi’s coverage map here.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s 4G LTE page.