Launched back in February, YTL Communications and Facebook have collaborated together to deploy Terragraph gigabit wireless network in Penang. Claimed to be the first large scale trial for the considerably young wireless technology in Asia, the on-ground test in Georgetown which is a UNESCO World Heritage city took place from 1 March onwards.
Fast forward almost two months later, YTL Communications today has revealed that its Terragraph-based Wi-Fi network is now available in 40 locations within the city. This was achieved through 350 Terragraph nodes that have been installed on 160 city lamp posts.
The company further revealed that more than 4,000 unique users have tried the network with a return rate of 60%. In addition to that, YTL Communications claimed that its Terragraph-based public Wi-Fi network was able to deliver up to 170Mbps download speed and 160Mbps upload speed per user so far.
The average data consumption for the network currently stands at 230MB per session, with the highest consumption ever recorded for a single user so far is 5GB. All in all, it seems that the Terragraph trial in Penang is progressing quite well although we still waiting for YTL Communications to begin rolling out fixed wireless access which is supposedly another big focus of the trial.
For those who want to test our the Terragraph-based public Wi-Fi network in Penang themselves, you can check out the list of the coverage areas on Yes 4G’s official website right here.