YTL-owned telco Yes announced yesterday in its latest coverage area update that it has expanded its 5G network to the city of Ipoh. The expansion officially makes Perak the first northern state in the country to roll out commercial 5G.
This comes just a month after the Ipoh City Council (MBI) announced its 5G plans for the region. According to MBI, 98 5G sites will be added within the Greater Ipoh area by the end of October, which includes Kuala Kangsar, Batu Gajah, and Kampar. The council also said that Perak will soon expand the coverage of the next-generation network throughout the entire state.
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After months of negotiating, Malaysia’s tumultuous 5G network might actually see a wider rollout soon as DNB confirmed at the end of June that six major telcos have signed up with the state-owned vehicle. That being said, Yes has been the only telco to offer commercial 5G to its customers, with TM repeatedly delaying the launch of its own 5G plans.
Yes’ latest plans, Yes Infinite and Infinite Plus, offer customers an unlimited quota for both 4G and 5G with no Fair Use Policy (FUP). Starting at RM58 per month, the telco boldly claimed it as the cheapest unlimited plan in the world, which might be true considering the fact that unlike other “unlimited” plans, the lack of an FUP means that Yes Infinite actually has no data usage limit.
While Perak might be the first to get 5G coverage in the north, Penang might not be too far behind. The latter has already started testing the network in certain areas and the Penang government announced plans to launch 5G in the state this year.
Another state that will be added to the list of 5G-covered areas is Kelantan, though it will only be limited to Ketereh initially. The Kelantanese town was chosen by the government as the first recipient for a rural 5G project, giving residents there access to the high-speed network.