Other than the announcement of its 4G LTE coverage now being wider than Maxis, Digi has also announced that it has made LTE-A available to its customers. Other than that, the company added that VoLTE and VoWiFi will be making its way to customers in 2016.
LTE-A, also known as Long Term Evolution Advanced, is the next step in the LTE evolution. It promises better coverage, better stability and faster speeds. Digi’s LTE-A coverage now spans over 22% of the population nationwide. The company has covered most of the major townships and cities in Malaysia, which is 50% population coverage in key market centres.
From Penang to KL, and Kuching to Kota Kinabalu, the areas listed in the image above now have LTE-A. Digi promises that the network speed will consistently be over 10mbps 80% of the time. Consequently, the company said that the launch of its LTE-A services have enabled 10 times faster speeds, two times faster web page loading, three times more stable connection and more.
Digi also made it clear that they are bringing in VoLTE (which is currently being tested by the telco) and VoWiFi next year due to the increased number of smart devices available in the market. VoLTE would mean improved call quality, while VoWiFi would help customers with indoor coverage. Soon, users will place phone calls on Digi’s LTE and WiFi networks instead of the conventional GSM network.
It is interesting to see Digi aim high and be ambitious with its plans for 2016. However, it remains to be seen as to how these services will be implemented and how well they will perform.