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Why Digi’s new 900MHz spectrum is driving rural connectivity in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | July 27, 2017
Digi’s 4G LTE network now reaches 86% of Malaysians while its LTE-A reach has increased to 45 percent of populated areas.

Digi LTE spread (Dec 2016) 

(Credit: Digi) Digi network across Malaysia as at December 2016: Purple areas - 4G LTE-A; Dark Blue - 4G LTE; Blue - 3G; and Yellow - 2G 


  After its new 900MHz spectrum was activated on 1 July of this year,  Digi Telecommunications (Digi) said it was now well-positioned to bring its 4G Plus network to more rural areas in Malaysia.
During a recent media briefing in Kuala Lumpur, Digi's chief technology officer Kesavan Sivabalan confirmed that Digi's 4G LTE network now reaches 86 percent of Malaysians while its LTE-A reach has increased to 45 percent of populated areas bringing mobile internet access to more people.

What this means is Digi's LTE network has presence in 295 cities and major towns in Malaysia while its faster LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network covers 80 cities and towns.

"Internet access is something every Malaysian must have in the palm of their hands," said Sivabalan, adding that the telecom is determined "to bringing the internet for all. With our consistent, high speed 4G LTE coverage in rural areas, we hope to inspire more Malaysians to harness the power of the internet and do great things that we can all be proud of." (See - We are not obsessed with speed but with network performance, says Digi)

Members of the media were also taken on a journey to test Digi's network on the newly-launched MRT (mass rapid transport) line in the Klang Valley.
He said the recent launch of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line "marks a game changer in the country's transportation landscape. With more Malaysians likely to opt for the convenience of the MRT, Digi has concurrently rolled out its network coverage to reach customers travelling through the underground sections of the track - offering a seamless, consistent and better high speed 4G Plus network experience."
"Customers can stay connected and reachable at all times while they travel on the MRT," said Sivabalan. "They can continue to stream content like music and videos, play online games or even catch up on the reading their favourite websites. This is just another example of what we mean when we say we have the infrastructure in place to cater to our customers' ever-changing and evolving digital lifestyles."
The new spectrum
He said the enhanced network reach was made possible because mobile signals on the new 900MHz spectrum not only reached further from base stations, but also penetrated walls better to offer stronger indoor coverage.
 "We listen to what our customers want and indoor coverage is an area for improvement. With the 900MHz spectrum, we are confident of serving our customers better whether they are in the comfort of their living rooms or at work in office buildings," Sivabalan said.
Digi's chief marketing officer Loh Keh Jiat, who was also at the media briefing, commented: "With our current infrastructure in place, we are looking towards bringing more freedom to our customers so they can enjoy a more comprehensive range of digital offerings that will give them a new sense of freedom on the internet."

For some other Digi in Malaysia news, see:
The link between women, the Internet and Digital Nation status: Digi in Malaysia
Malaysia's Digi throws down gauntlet, enters digital arena by forming Digi-X
Digi's first incubator programme spotlights East Malaysian startups
Telco wars: Digi boosts mobile app for 'digital savvy' Malaysians
Why Digi's CXO talent pipeline is a powerful strategy
Telco deep dives into IoT, aims to disrupt automotive sector: Digital Malaysia

 The latest edition of this article lives at Computerworld Malaysia.


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