Early Yes ID 018 numbers face interconnect issues

Yes is having an issue which affects early registered users of the Yes ID. During its opening day for Yes ID registrations, most early birds had snapped up 018 mobile numbers from the 018-331 XXXX and 018-332 XXXX blocks.

Yes via an email to these early subscribers, informs that these range of 018 numbers may not be able to make or receive calls from numbers on other networks due to not being able to interconnect with these other networks.

Before a mobile number on one network can call and receive calls from numbers of other networks, there must be an interconnect agreement between the parties. This latest information from yes means that at launch, its subscribers who have taken 018 numbers from the 018-331 and 018-332 block, will not be able to call and receive calls from other networks.

Interconnect has always been a stumbling block for new telcos trying to enter into the mobile market as the existing ones would usually and deliberately take their own sweet time to allow interconnectivity for obvious reasons. But having said that, it is a point to note that when Tune Talk and U Mobile launched their networks, no such issues had arise.

The email Yes wasn’t specific on which network its Yes number are not able to interconnect with but considering the fact that the issue was major enough to warrant a decision to email the pre-registered subscribers who have selected these number blocks, it would be safe to assume that interconnect with most of the local mobile telcos have not been established.

Considering the promises of better everything from Yes, this is a major set-back for the brand. The email says that this interconnect issue is temporary and full interconnect access will be solved by the first week of December 2010. But as a brand that has a whole lot to prove to gain customers’ confidence, this is a start off the wrong foot.

If you were amongst the early subscribers to pre-register with Yes and have reserved numbers within the 018-331 and 018-332 blocks you have the option to keep your earlier pre-registered number and wait for about two weeks before you can make and receive calls to other networks or opt to change your number block to 018-306 and maintain the last four digits from your previous Yes number. The choice is yours until November 15 so you have to act fast.

At time of this post, yes ID registrations are showing 018-591 XXXX range up for grabs. To register, head to

Check out the excerpt of email notice after the jump.

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Yes starts registration of YesID

Earlier on, YTL has revealed Yes, the new name for its “4G” mobile service in Malaysia which will be commercially launched on 19th November. As mentioned earlier, they will offer a land grab of mobile numbers with the prefix of 018 as part of the YesID registration. At time of posting, the 018 numbers starts with 018-331 XXXX. You’ll also get a personalised email with the domain.

Registration starts NOW, so grab your username and prefered 018 number before they are taken. Like they say, the early bird catches the worm.

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2.6GHz spectrum for LTE allocated, to take effect in 2013

Another update on 4G LTE in Malaysia. The Star reports that majority of the earlier mentioned 9 companies have been informed via fax that they have been allocated the 2.6GHz spectrum for 4G LTE use. This will only take effect on 1st January 2013 which is a long way to go, and time is something that the players need to roll out commercially. As mentioned earlier, the 9 companies are Maxis, DiGi, Celcom, U Mobile, P1, AMAX, YTL, REDtone and a new comer. Each of them will be getting 20MHz block of the spectrum.

2 years should give the players sufficient head start to evaluate vendors, conduct trials and plan out their coverage expansion. By 2013, we should have more 4G LTE devices in the market. Hopefully better than the Samsung Craft, the first 4G LTE phone.


9 companies to get 4G LTE in Malaysia

The Star reports that the Malaysian government is expected to release 9 blocks of spectrum for 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) to 9 players soon.

The 9 companies are believed to be:

According to the paper’s source, each player will be getting 20MHz block of 2.5GHz and 2.6GHz spectrum which comprise the 70MHz and 120MHz blocks respectively, or a total of 190MHz.

Awarding 4G LTE to 9 companies is a big number and we wonder based on what merit that the spectrum is given. Looking at WiMAX itself, only half of the awarded operators are in commercial service while U Mobile, the newest mobile telco is still struggling to roll out its own 3G coverage nationwide. With the current scenario, we’re baffled to see them getting LTE spectrum when they can’t get their current 3G or WiMAX service covered properly. According to the report, the spectrum will be given to all so that nobody will be deprived from participating in rolling out 4G LTE. Strangely our very own Telekom Malaysia is not on the list.

Although we love competition, 9 seems to be too much for a country like Malaysia. Just recently Maxis & Celcom had started their own 4G LTE testing with its partners while DiGi says that they will focus on 3G first at the time being. We also wonder, what will happen to the WiMAX operators? Will they abandon WiMAX for LTE in future?