The 2nd phase of the MRT Line 1 is now open and this includes an underground section that goes through the heart of KL city. When Digi invited us for a 4G Underground MRT challenge earlier this week, we thought why not we test out 4 of our big telcos in Malaysia? So we did.
Postpaid plans in Malaysia are getting cheaper with competitive telcos dishing out more data for your money. Apart from cost, another crucial factor to consider is network quality. What’s the point of getting loads of data on the cheap if you can’t use it when you needed it the most?
4G LTE was introduced in Malaysia back in 2013 and currently we have 4 major LTE telcos – Celcom, Digi, Maxis and U Mobile. To find out which network is best, OpenSignal has just published a State of Mobile Networks report specifically for Malaysia. The findings were derived from a data sample size of close to 40 million that were contributed by 21,109 OpenSignal app users in Malaysia between 1 December 2015 to 29 February 2016.
A few days ago, U Mobile claims the title of Malaysia’s Fastest Mobile Network as awarded by Ookla’s Speedtest.net. As a gesture of appreciation to its subscribers, they are giving out 1GB of free data for the month of December.
So how fast is the fastest? Speedtest has finally revealed the numbers along with the rank of our current fixed and mobile operators in the country. Full details after the break.
Malaysian telcos (well, at least two of them) are obsessed with claiming the widest coverage for 4G LTE. When it comes to actual usage, speed is probably more important in our current connected age.
So who is the fastest? A popular internet speed testing tool has just named Malaysia’s fastest mobile network and the winner might surprise you.
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Playing with Pandora’s box has its ramifications and once you release statements/claims, you’d better be ready to face your critics. Following the onslaught of who’s the “best”, “widest” and “fastest” 4G LTE network, Maxis aims to put this issue to bed by releasing company data on how they classify their 4G LTE network. Moreover, the green coloured telco has also proposed to have a forum with two of its competitors to talk about the state of 4G LTE in Malaysia.
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Last month, two telcos made bold claims to have managed to hit at least 50% population coverage for 4G LTE – Digi (50%) and Maxis (55%). Issuing the who’s better statements within a short period, the two have been bitten by a bug to prove who has the true widest 4G LTE network. Question is, when telcos claim to have the widest coverage would you gauge it based on population percentile or percentage of coverage areas? Who sets the standards? And most important of all, does it matter?
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U Mobile today jumped on the LTE bandwagon by providing 4G services in limited locations within Klang Valley and Johor Bahru.
U Mobile claims its LTE network is capable of delivering speeds up 75Mbps but take that claim with a dollop of salt as virtually all operators publish theoretical maximum connection speed that’s almost impossible to achieve in real world situations.
But the good thing about the U Mobile LTE plans is that its available for prepaid users as well and the plans on offer cover a wide customer base giving you some very affordable and practical options.
Using LTE on U Mobile is painless because you don’t have to go through the hassle of upgrading plans or changing SIM cards. If you’re a U Mobile customer and you’re using an LTE device then you’re pretty much set, all you need to do is activate LTE services by sending the text message ‘LTE ON’ to 28118.
The only issue is that U Mobile’s LTE coverage is very limited at the moment but the operator say that they are expanding coverage at a brisk pace while exploring other “strategic approaches” for network expansion. Currently U Mobile’s LTE network spans Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Puchong, Berjaya Times Square and Taman Molek in Johor Bahru.
And if you’re an iPhone or iPad user, you’re out of luck because U Mobile’s LTE network does not currently support the Band 3 (1800MHz) channel that some Apple devices are running but if you’re using the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad mini Retina display and iPad Air then you’re good.
In conjunction with its LTE launch, U Mobile is offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for RM999 if you sign up for the Ultimate Device 158 plan with a commitment fee of RM120 per month for 24 months. The offer starts today to 17 December 2013 to 31 January 2014. For full details on U Mobile’s LTE offerings, click here.