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YTL Communications (or more fondly known as Yes 4G) and Intel Malaysia earlier today have officially announced their brand new partnership which will see the introduction of 4G-integrated devices in the educational sector – specifically, the 1BestariNet program. While both parties have no roll out schedule to share during the press conference earlier today, Intel have mentioned that the 4G-integrated devices will be laptops and tablets that are running on Android or Chrome OS.
In theory, this partnership brings together a lot of great things on the table for both parties. For example, it allows Intel – who have always been interested in educational sector through our programs such as ISEF and many more – to be involved in the 1BestariNet which is a large-scale, national-level project involving more than 10,000 schools throughout the country.
As for Yes 4G, they have just got themselves yet another strong technology partner – not that they are lacking of them especially with Google, Samsung and many more are already at their side. To put things into perspective, Intel are able to provide pretty much almost anything that Yes 4G need for their service from processors for devices of multiple form factors to WiMAX as well as LTE chips.
Let’s not kid ourselves though: this partnerships is still at its infancy, to say the least. Anything could happen along the way but in my humble opinion, this newly announced partnership between Yes 4G and Intel Malaysia certainly have the potential to grow if they able to navigate it in the right direction.
When MCMC announced LTE’s 2600MHz spectrum allocation around a year ago, YTL Communications or more known to consumers as Yes 4G was one of the eight companies in the list. So far, they have yet to roll out any LTE-based service to consumers but that might change next year though as Dato’ Yeoh Seok Hong, the Executive Director of YTL Communications have stated that the company’s LTE network will be launched in 2014.
The revelation was made at the YTL Communications and Intel joint announcement which took place earlier today. However, Dato’ Yeoh didn’t provide any exact launch date or timeline for the roll out of LTE under Yes 4G. Nevertheless, he did pointed out that users will barely notice the differences as their Yes 4G connection will fall back to WiMAX in situations where LTE network is not available.
Truth to be told, this is actually not the first time that Yes 4G have listed 2014 as their LTE year. The company’s CEO, Wing K. Lee have stated in an interview back in May that “4G-LTE is a 2014 story”. He also has pointed out in another interview that Yes 4G will continue to use WiMAX alongside LTE. Additionally, the company will also continue using Yes ID as a master identity which altogether are in line with Dato’ Yeoh’s description above.
In conclusion, it seems like LTE main role for Yes 4G is to supplement the company’s existing capabilities to deliver high speed wireless broadband to users through WiMAX. That being said, I do believe that Yes 4G will add variety of services to take advantage of their LTE network once it is fully deployed in 2014.
You most probably have missed this particular offer by the time you read this but fret not – you’ll have the chance for the next two days. Apparently, Yes 4G is offering its newly launched WiMAX-equipped Samsung Chromebook for only RM 1 at its roadshow in Mid Valley Megamall.
So, what’s the catch? While we were made to understand that there is no monthly installment or commitment involved but there are only limited units of Yes 4G’s Samsung Chromebook that are available for RM 1. Once the stocks for RM 1 Chromebook are finished, it will then be offered for RM288, RM588 and RM888.
The picture was taken at 3am when we just left our HQ and passed by the area. These early-bird customers were already in the queue since midnight, apparently.
Hence, the chance of you getting the Chromebook at RM 1 really depends on how early (like the folks above) you willing to queue up at Yes 4G’s booth in Mid Valley Megamall.
Not to forget, the RM 1 Chromebook will only be released at 4pm. [UPDATE: Apparently, the RM 1 Chromebook release time differs from one day to another. For example, it will be at 630pm tomorrow. Heh.]
It is undeniably cheap for RM 1, so good luck on trying to get your hands at the Samsung Chromebook from Yes 4G at that price this weekend.
[Source: Yes 4G]
Yet another invite for an event on 22 May has arrived into our mailbox but this time around, it is joint launch event by several companies instead of a single entity. As you can see from the above screenshot, they are Yes 4G, Google and Samsung.
Given the companies that are involved in this particular launch event, there is only one product in our mind: a Chromebook. Specifically, the WiMAX-enabled Chromebook.
This is due to the fact that we’ve seen the device ourselves earlier this year and it is also has been widely used in the 1BestariNet project which involved all three parties. Then again, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves right now. So, let’s see what all three parties have to show us on 22 May.
In a brief post on Google’s official blog, the company’s Director of Product Management Felix Lin has recently revealed that our government has adopted Google Apps for the use in classrooms and as part of the initiative, Chromebooks will also be deployed to schools throughout the country. Truth to be told though, Google Apps and Chromebooks are just a part of a much bigger picture.
By bigger picture, we mean the 1BestariNet – a RM 1.5 billion project by the Ministry of Education to include ICT into daily learning process in classrooms and is a part of the ministry grand aim to transform the national education system within the next 13 years. Already in the works since 2011, the project itself is the spiritual successor (or replacement, if you insists) to the ministry’s previous attempt to deliver ICT in education through a project called SchoolNet which takes place from 2005 to 2010.
In order to do that, the ministry has engaged with two YTL-owned companies to deliver the essential components of 1BestariNet. One being Yes4G which is responsible to provide the high-speed Internet connectivity between 2Mbps to 10Mbps in more than 10,000 primary and secondary schools that are under the care of ministry by the end of 2013. In fact, it seems that 4G connectivity is given a special emphasis in the project as it is mentioned specifically in the National Education Blueprint1.
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We hope that you are not getting bored with the current batch of news on Yes 4G that we have for you right now. We promised that this is the last one for today which should be an interesting one for our readers in East Malaysia.
At this moment, the WiMAX-based wireless Internet and voice service provide has yet to spread its wings to East Malaysia but that about to change later this year as confirmed by the Executive Director of YTL Communications, Dato’ Yeoh Seok Hong. Scheduled in Q3 2013, Sabah will the first out of the two states to receive coverage by Yes 4G.
The expansion plan is hardly a secret though as Yes 4G’s CEO Wing K. Lee has discussed about it back in 2011. Nevertheless, we are definitely eager to see how consumers in East Malaysia will response to Yes 4G once it is available there.
Now that we already done with Yes 4G and its WiMAX-equipped Samsung Chromebook, let’s move on to the reason that somehow open the opportunity for us to come across the notebook: the telco’s partnership with Konsortium Transnasional Berhad (KTB) to deliver internet connectivity to KTB’s passengers while en route to their destinations.
The partnership is nothing new as we have reported about it back in January. That being said, yesterday’s launch did revealed one interesting fact: the partnership with KTB is just the start of YTL Communications’ plan to deploy Yes 4G Wi-Fi Hotspots across the country.
Customers will be able to utilize the service by using existing Yes 4G ID that they used with their personal Yes 4G devices or by obtaining Yes 4G Wi-Fi Pass. The passes are available in two nominations: a 1-day pass with 500MB worth of data and a 7-day pass with 1GB data quota. Obtainable through Yes Stores as well as through retail partners and online, the passes are priced at RM 5 and RM 16 respectively.
Yes 4G has not yet announced any deployment timeline for its Wi-Fi Hotspots at the time being, so we’ll keep you posted once that information is made available by the company.
As mentioned in our brief first look at a Samsung Series 5 Chromebook through a unit that we stumbled upon at the launch of Yes 4G – Konsortium Transnasional Berhad launch event yesterday, it seemed that the unit comes with an internal WiMAX module. This is due to a “WiMAX MAC” label underneath the notebook which we believe is the module’s MAC address.
Our curiosity got the better of us and we decide to investigate further. Since there are two SIRIM stickers stamped on the unit, we figured that the WiMAX module within the Chromebook must have gone through certification. We then take a look at SIRIM-QAS database and true enough, there are two references (shown below) to Samsung Chromebook XE550C22 under YTL Communications (Yes 4G’s official company name) although we have no idea which exact module is fitted into this particular unit. The database also revealed that Yes 4G is testing out 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebooks (XE303C12) with WiMAX module and minicard as well.
The revelation above doesn’t surprise us much though as it is a common knowledge that Yes 4G together with another YTL’s subsidiary, FrogAsia are working together with Google to drive the Ministry of Education’s 1BestariNet project and with that, the Chromebook fits into the picture very well. However, we didn’t expect the company would go all the way and fit WiMAX modules into Chromebooks.
It is quite unfortunate that we realized about all these facts only after we processed our hands-on photos back in the HQ or else, we would have test drive the WiMAX capability on the Samsung Chromebooks that was on our hands yesterday. Oh well.
Meanwhile, we didn’t spot any listing that could potentially be the follow-up device to Yes 4G Eclipse smartphone on SIRIM-QAS database. Thought you might want to know that.