After activating their LTE network for selected Apple devices as well as announcing new LTE-covered areas, today seems to be a very productive day for Maxis. That being said, it seems that the telco is still not done yet as they have also announced that they will be expanding their LTE network to cover even more areas soon including those outside of Klang Valley.
According to the company’s Joint Chief Operating Officer, Mark Dioguardi, Maxis has planned to offer their LTE service in Penang and Johor Bharu by the third quarter of 2013. The expansion will be done together with the company’s plan to include more areas in the Klang Valley as part of their LTE coverage.
It is an interesting plan indeed especially considering that Celcom is also planning to deploy their own LTE network in those cities by the middle of 2013. That being said, Celcom still has yet to offer their LTE services to consumers at the time being which made us wonder if their plans are still on track. Additionally, things are rather quiet at DiGi’s camp as well.
All in all, it is quite obvious that Maxis are quite aggressive in rolling out their LTE service to the market while there are still no firm indication from other players. On another hand, we are rather curious on how Maxis are allowed to activate the 1800MHz frequency band (which allows the telco to support Apple devices) even though to our knowledge, the official LTE frequency band for Malaysia is still limited to the 2600MHz.
Well, guess that’s another story for another day.