Malaysian mobile operator Maxis Mobile says it will invest MYR400 million (USD105 million) this year in building out its third generation network, officially launched last Friday. Investment in the network so far has reached MYR200 million and Maxis plans to spend another MYR200 million by the end of December. It currently has 300 base stations providing 3G services throughout the Klang Valley, Malaysia’s most highly populated region, including the capital Kuala Lumpur. The company says it will roll out another 80 to 100 UMTS stations next year, based local research which found that of its 6.5 million subscribers, 850,000 were active GPRS users, 40% of which expressed strong interest in migrating to 3G. Maxis’ launch followed that of Telekom Malaysia’s wireless arm Celcom, which invested around MYR300 million in the launch of its 3G service on 17 May.