Photo - (From left) Digi Chief Network Officer, Kesavan Sivabalan, Digi Chief Executive Officer, Albern Murty and Digi Chief Marketing Officer, Christian Thrane at Digi's event celebrating its milestone in providing Malaysia's widest 4G LTE network.
According to Digi Telecommunications (Digi), it now has Malaysia's widest 4G LTE network, with is able to connect 1 in 2 Malaysians to its high-speed internet, with further expansion planned by year end.
Digi chief executive officer Albern Murty said the company has already surpassed its year-end network coverage target of 45 percent, and has plans to double site rollout for the year by adding more than 1,500 sites by the end of 2015.
"More and more customers across Malaysia now enjoy a strong, quality network experience with us," said Murty. "We've aggressively expanded our 4G LTE reach in 28 major cities and secondary towns nationwide, with key market centres enjoying a steady average of 80% population coverage, making the benefits of Digi's 4G LTE services easily accessible to half the Malaysian population."
He said the company now delivers 4G LTE on 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrum bands respectively, and overlays both spectrum bands for 4G LTE in an increasing number of key market centres.
Murty said that dual band 4G LTE provided customers with wider network coverage, more capacity and improved indoor and outdoor internet experiences, as well as future access to next-generation 4G+ technologies.
"This significant improvement in network quality, performance and coverage is a result of a critical decision made three years ago to modernise and strengthen our network and fibre infrastructure capabilities, and an intense, ongoing focus on service quality," he said.
"This has given us a solid foundation and competitive advantage from a network standpoint to deliver high-quality services to our customers, fast-track network rollout to more areas, and preparedness to accelerate the network in tandem with future needs," Murty said.
"Our rapid expansion, both in 3G and now 4G, caters to the increasing appetite for advanced, next-generation applications that is fast becoming necessary for an increasing number of internet-savvy Malaysians," he said. "At the same time, our stable and reliable network experience will help encourage adoption among approximately 40 percent non-internet customers on our network in addition to attracting new ones, allowing Digi to reach and cater to a wide spectrum of internet users.
"Our customers will get the best for internet 360 with Digi. We make it easy for post-paid and prepaid customers to begin their 4G LTE experience with 4G LTE SIM upgrades, the best range of affordable LTE devices starting at RM259 (US$61.40) and plans as low as RM25 (US$5.93) and a growing portfolio of digital services, all available through the best service touchpoints in stores and online. For us, it's really about enabling customers to fully enjoy the benefits of being connected to quality, always-on, anywhere high-speed internet for any wallet size and internet appetite," added Murty.
In the past three years, Digi invested RM2.3 billion (US$550 million) in CAPEX primarily on its network, and has committed an additional RM900 million this year to further strengthen its network and to deliver internet for all Malaysians. This includes plans to aggressively doubling 4G LTE sites rolled out for the year to expand coverage in key market centres and into more secondary towns across Malaysia.
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