Celcom finally reveals the date of officially launching 4G LTE service on the website.It’s tomorrow (23 April 2013) with limited offer for first 1,000 subscribers who sign up for Celcom First Data Pro.
Celcom First Data Pro needs to be paid RM138 monthly for 10GB data volume up to 50Mbps .However,if you’re one of the first 1,000 subscribers,you could get your 4G LTE modem+3 months free subscriptions for only RM199.The following Blue Cube outlets are open for registration of that offer from 23 April:
Maxis is the first carrier in Malaysia using 1800Mhz 4G LTE network officially which iPhone 5(Model A1429) could run on that frequency.However,users need to update the carrier setting to enable 4G LTE function.It’s only some simple clicks to go and the only thing you need to ensure is you have a Maxis SIM in your device.
Currently,some Maxis iPhone 5 users have received update for enabling 4G LTE service on Maxis network.It has been reported on MalaysianWireless in this morning.Since iPhone 5 is not supporting 2600Mhz 4G LTE network which is initially applied on Malaysia’s 4G LTE network,the current carrier update from Maxis implies that Maxis has been supporting 1800Mhz 4G LTE network from now on.
Up to now Maxis hasn’t yet released any official announcement for the coverage of 1800Mhz 4G LTE network.However,we may see the overall coverage map from OpenSignal map.
The telecommunication industry regulator in Malaysia,MCMC(the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Comission) announced last night that they had assigned 2600MHz(2.6GHz) to 8 companies for deploying 4G LTE(Long Term Evolution) wireless technology.
The 8 companies are Celcom Axiata Bhd, DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd, Packet One Networks (M) Sdn Bhd, Puncak Semangat Sdn Bhd, REDtone Marketing Sdn Bhd, U Mobile Sdn Bhd and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.
From the aforementioned list,you could find that Celcom.DiGi,Maxis and U Mobile are the existing mobile telcos;P1 and YTL Communications(YES 4G) are running Wimax networks;REDtone is a MVNO(Mobile Virtual Network Operator) player currenting riding on Celcom network;Puncak Semangat is a new face in the industry,but the boss is well-known local billionaire,the richest Bumiputra corporate figure – Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.
MCMC wants the existing telcos to take their experiences to build up reliable 4G networks while the new players may seek some innovative and create ways to compete with others.Well,the idea is good,but applying into Malaysia,I think it’s not good because Malaysia only has 28 million population.8 companies have to divide a small cake into tiny pieces and so perhaps no one could get full at last.
Anyway,they may go to consolidate the service later or share the infrastructures to improve the financial performance.At this moment,we could just wait for several months to see how they will make it done nicely.
Apple just released a piece of official announcement claiming that more than 50 countries will start to sell iPhone 5 by the end of December.Malaysia finally is in this list and December 14 is that amazing day!
iPhone 5 will be available in South Korea on Friday, December 7 and on Friday, December 14 in Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. iPhone 5 will also be available on Friday, December 21 in Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.
Well,for some people,the Christmas shopping list will be a bit longer,right?Money is always not enough.
Update:Maxis and Celcom have started to push out a page to register your interest on iPhone 5.Please click the following links to do the ROI in order to get the latest information of sales of iPhone 5.
Although iPhone 5 has not yet released in Malaysia,I have seen quite a number of people holding it on the streets.As iPhone 5 need Nano SIM,most major local telcos had introduced it.Now U Mobile finally gets it too.
Whatever you are new/existing/prepaid/postpaid customer,you have to pay RM10 to get a Nano SIM in U Mobile service center.Well,it’s still cheaper than some telco anyway.You can review FAQ here.