Maxis Becomes First Operator in Malaysia to Launch LTE

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This has to be the most surprising announcement we’ve ever received. Just as Malaysians usher the New Year, Maxis has launched the first salvo in the next generation war for mobile dominance.

In an official statement Maxis has announced that it now has LTE networks available at Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Damansara Utama, Desa Sri Hartamas, Bandar Puchong Jaya, Bandar Sunway and Cyberjaya, and by doing so, is officially the first telco in Malaysia to make LTE available in the country. Maxis plans to light up other parts of the country with LTE “soon”.

Maxis claims that its LTE network is able to reach speed of up to 75Mbps. The operator say subscribers can expect a typical average speeds of 10Mbps to 30Mbps.

Along with the new network Maxis plans to bring new services that takes advantage of the superior wireless capabilities that LTE has to offer.

You can subscribe to Maxis’ LTE can subscribe to the service at Maxis Centres in KLCC and Taman Tun Dr Ismail. There is no additional charge for LTE on Maxis. The service is available with any of Maxis existing data plans starting from RM88/month. Existing subscribers can also upgrade their current Maxis 3G modem to an LTE modem for a fee. Full details available here.

Currently only one LTE device (modem) is available from Maxis but the operator says that more devices including smartphones will be available “soon”. At the moment we know that the ASUS PadFone 2 as well as the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 are compatible with the 2600Mhz LTE network in Malaysia but it is not known if Maxis has provisioned its network to allow these to run on LTE.