PHOTO - Bill Rojas - research director of communications, Asia Pacific, IDC.
Malaysian WiMAX firm YTL Communications' Yes 4G network and services is one of the most advanced in the world and is perfectly designed to meet the explosion in mobile data usage, according to a new study by analyst firm IDC.
IDC research director of communications, Asia Pacific, Bill Rojas, speaking in Kuala Lumpur on 24 October 2011, said the study of the Malaysian mobile communications sector indicated that the advanced nature of YTL Communications' WiMAX-based Yes 4G network comprised unique features and services not currently available anywhere else in the world.
Rojas said the study also looked into the two dominant 4G technologies in the country - LTE (Long Term Evolution) and WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) - as well as the prospects of the two technologies in Malaysia. "IDC found that although LTE would be a strong competitor to WiMAX in the future, it is doubtful that the future LTE operators in Malaysia would deploy networks in a similar manner to Yes' unified communications approach [with VoIP (voice over internet protocol) being a very integral part of the network] for fear of cannibalising 3G voice cash flows."
He said the study showed that while technology standards played an important role in the development of 4G networks in Malaysia, what was even more important was the willingness for operators to undergo a paradigm shift from a predominantly voice-centric business model to a data and service-centric business model
Rojas add that the several key innovations built into the Yes 4G network that set it apart from other wireless networks currently available in the world included an advanced network architecture, which was capable of offering services such as user ID-based unified communications, session concurrency for data and telephony and a high performance data network that delivered a superior mobile data connectivity even when moving at high speeds (of up to 160 km per hour).
Other features included a free suite of applications, Yes Life, that operates on Mac and Windows computers s well as on iOS (iPod, iPad, iTouch), and Android devices, and a highly flexible mobile telephony and text messaging service that allowed multiple and concurrent connections with just one account for telephony and data services even when using multiple devices and locations.
According to the IDC study, "One of the key challenges in the planning of the Yes network was to ensure that there would be enough coverage and capacity from day one so that users can experience continuous mobile broadband service even along the highways. YTL launched its Yes 4G service in November 2011 with coverage of 65 percent of the population with 1,200 BTS (base-stations). Over the last six months, it has increased coverage to 1,700 cell sites including full mobile Internet coverage on Malaysia's North-South Expressway that runs from the Singapore border to the Thai border - a first in Malaysian history. So far, YTL has invested some US$250 million. It has contracted Samsung to provide 2,500 BST which means it still has the ability to deploy and cover more areas and to further increase capacity."
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