DiGi’s LTE journey generally begins in 2011 when the telco announced a large scale network upgrade throughout the country dubbed as “The Tomorrow Network” which include LTE capability. Two years later, the telco then begun to offer LTE for broadband and tablet customer which then followed by smartphones and prepaid. Fast forward to today, DiGi has claimed that its LTE network is now large enough to cover 50% of Malaysia’s population.
According to its CEO Albern Murty earlier today, not only that DiGi is ahead of the schedule but has also managed to surpassed its original year-end network coverage target for 2015 which was set at 45%. Alongside the LTE service which is available in 28 major cities and secondary towns throughout Malaysia, DiGi also claimed that its current 3G footprint now stands at 87%.
Delivered through both 1,800 MHz and 2,600 MHz spectrums, DiGi’s LTE network expansion for 2015 apparently involves more than 1,500 sites and 6,000 km of fiber network throughout the country. However, the telco seemed to be reluctant to share its future expansion plan for 2016 onwards as well as implementation of next generation technology although it did acknowledge that its dual band LTE network does open up the door for 4G+ technologies.
The telco also didn’t reveal any new postpaid or prepaid LTE plans during today’s announcement but then again, DiGi did launched a new LTE-enabled DiGi SmartPlan two weeks ago which has become its most affordable postpaid LTE plan at the moment for RM 25 per month. While having a wide coverage is certainly commendable, we do hope that DiGi does not forget to continuously improve its customer experiences along the way.
(Coverage map: DiGi)