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Yes rolls out LTE. Widest 4G coverage with VoLTE support

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Yes is making a comeback and they are doing it with a huge bang. The WiMAX operator under YTL Communications is now rolling out its 4G LTE service, making them the fifth choice when it comes to 4G LTE mobile services.

According to its CEO, Mr. Wing K. Lee, Yes is Malaysia’s first 4G network to have a massive 85% population coverage. That’s quite an impressive feat and as comparison, Maxis’ 4G LTE coverage currently stands at 82%.

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He added that as Malaysia’s 4G champion, they have revamped their network with the most advanced LTE service complete with VoLTE (Voice over LTE). This is a first in Malaysia which enables faster call connections and clearer voice calls.

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In conjunction with the launch of Samsung’s latest Galaxy J (2016) series, Yes is offering a Yes 4G SIM card bundle pack that comes with 30GB data that’s valid for 2 months. This enables new Galaxy J (2016) users to enjoy fast 4G LTE speeds as well as High Definition Voice quality.

The Galaxy J1, J5 and J7 (2016) are priced at RM449, RM849 and RM1,049 respectively and they will be available starting tomorrow 16 June 2016. For the general public, Yes’s 4G LTE launch is happening on 30th June which will include their full service plans. The Samsung Galaxy J + Yes 4G event is still on going, so stay tuned for more updates.

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UPDATE: Yes 85% population 4G coverage is inclusive with its current WiMAX network. For LTE, it is built on top of their Yes 4G WiMAX footprint. To differentiate themselves from the rest, Yes promises HD voice quality with VoLTE. Unlike other 4G operators, Yes is operating on TDD-LTE instead of the usual FDD-LTE.

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During the event, Yes says that existing customers will be getting up to 12GB bonus data on their postpaid plan at their next billing cycle. We are trying to find out more about their network especially its actual LTE coverage areas.

UPDATE 2: Yes 4G LTE network operates on TD-LTE in Band 38 (2600MHz) and 40 (2300MHz). As comparison, other existing LTE telcos in Malaysia are operating on FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz) and 7 (2600MHz).

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VoLTE is enabled by default and making calls are noticably quicker. In terms of speed, we got about 13Mbps download and 7.8Mbps uploads from our office in PJ.

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Photos from the launch
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Alexander Wong