Maxis recently announced that it now has the largest 4G coverage in the country, and that seems to have spurred the telco into doing something rather unusual. As one of the three largest mobile telcos in the industry, Maxis is publicly inviting chief engineers from Celcom and Digi to an open dialogue on 4G measurement standards.
The reasoning behind this happens to be that each telco will always claim that they have the best 4G network; which might be true depending on the type of metrics used to measure the achievement. Maxis intends to open a discussion on adopting a unified standard of 4G performance measurements for all telcos to use. Ideally, this means that when a telco says that it is “the no.1 for 4G” it will be “backed up with tangible, measurable and truthful results”.
To this end, Maxis has publicly released its 4G definitions and performance stats; and is inviting the public to test the network for themselves. Maxis is also inviting Celcom and Digi to do the same.
In addition to this, Maxis wants to hold an dialogue with Celcom and Digi chief engineers, one that is open to the public. The telco has proposed a date of 23 November for this to happen, and will be sending Maxis CTO Morten Baangsgard to represent the company.
We are really hoping that this dialogue takes place, if only to see what each of the telcos believes to be the standard for 4G networks. It would also be one of the few times that engineers from three of the largest Malaysian telcos would be in the same room to air their views about mobile telecommunications.