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:
TM Streamyx recently adds a new 8Mbps plan for RM160 monthly into the existing product lines to give some choices to the users who want to get the faster speed,but haven’t covered by Unifi service.
The 8 Mbps BB Deal could be applied by new and existing users.However,due to the technical limitation,some applicants may not able to get that plan as the speed is hard to be reachable.You could check the availability of coverage here.
After 2 years of trials on 4G LTE network,Maxis announced that their 4G LTE network working on 2.6Ghz spectrum had put into service from last midnight.
Maxis 4G LTE provides 2-5 times faster speed than current 3G network,speeds up to 75Mbps and typical average speeds of 10Mbps to 30Mbps depending on the conditions.Currently only some parts of Klang Valley in the areas of Cyberjaya, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Damansara Utama, Desa Sri Hartamas, Bandar Puchong Jaya and Bandar Sunway are covered.Other areas that have partial coverage are SS2, Taman Paramount, Section 17 and 19 in Petaling Jaya, Plaza Damansara, Bandar Kinrara and Taman Wawasan in Puchong.
You can sign up Maxis Wireless Broadband plans of RM88 and above get the LTE modem at only RM400 to enjoy super speeds on the Maxis 4G LTE network.You can check out for more details at Maxis centers in KLCC or Taman Tun Dr. Ismail.Of course,if you have a 4G LTE mobile phone which also supports 2.6Ghz spectrum,you could ride on the fastest mobile wireless network right away.
Now I’m wondering which telco will be the following player on 4G LTE in Malaysia.
TM runs Streamyx Zone WiFi service for years and now Maxis joins to provide WiFi service in public area too.Of course,it’s payable.
If you go to a place showing this logo,that means Maxis WiFi is available in that area.Well,I don’t think you could see this logo frequently as the service area is quite limited currently,most of them are shopping centers and commercial buildings.Sunway Pyramid,KLCC,Imbi Plaza,Menara Maxis,IOI Mall,Phileo Damansara,Jaya One are in the list.You could check more details here.
The service is only available for currently Maxis users(both prepaid and postpaid) and have several packages to choose.
I checked everywhere but found that Maxis didn’t disclose how fast the WiFi connection could be.Well,I think we have to wait somebody to test it later.
Today I wanna introduce a useful app in Android Market-OpenSigalMaps.
It’s developed by Staircase 3-the team also invents quite a number of other websites,products and services.This project-OpenSignalMaps,is wanting to gather the cell information over the world together and then take out into a map that everybody could utilise the information to decide which mobile service provider you’d better to choose or why my cell signal is so weak and how to improve it.
I used to be a Maxis user for years,however,at the beginning of introducing 3G service years ago,Maxis looked like not paying too much effort on improving the call quality at that time,I decided to change to DiGi which could provide a cheaper rate,quite stable download speed(not meaning fast-normally capped under 1Mbps) with not-so-good call quality.
After a large number of investments setting up more 3G cell towers and expanding the coverage both outdoor and indoor,the quality for voice and data service on both networks should be better.So in this morning,I made a group of simple speed tests to see which one has a better 3G network.Please see the comparison:
Yup,Umobile has the latest slogan of its new broadband service asking that ‘Why surf when you can fly’.Well,Umobile introduces HSPA+ in some selected area which could boost the connection up to 42Mbps,meaning that is twice as faster as Unifi-the FTTH/VDSL service from Telekom Malaysia.
You should pay RM450 for HSPA+ modem support up to 42Mbps downlink and the monthly charge will be RM40 for 2GB(additional usage for 5 sen/MB) or RM68 for 5GB without extra charge for excessive usage,but fair usage policy applied.Umobile also offers RM20 monthly rebate for 5 months.
Well,it’s a wireless service and so the limitation will be quite obvious,such as higher latency and more congested network.However,HSPA+ could be performed better than HSDPA on those mentioned issues.So I think if you are the Internet user who want to feel the flying feeling on surfing Internet and don’t care about the cap on volume(FUP) and higher latency compared to wired broadband,it could be great.How do you think?