Malaysian mobile network operator Maxis Mobile has claimed that it has become the country’s first cellco to deploy HSPA+ upgrades, doubling the download speeds of its wireless broadband services in Kuala Lumpur. The cellco said that its customers in selected areas in the Klang Valley and Johor Bahru would initially benefit from the upgrade, with the new speeds available to customers on a trial basis; a wider-scale rollout of the upgrade is expected to take place throughout 2010. With the HSPA+ upgrade Maxis’ wireless broadband network can support peak downlink speeds of 21Mbps, with actual download speeds of between 10Mbps-15Mbps expected for customers in areas with good coverage.
Commenting on the development Maxis’ Executive Vice-President and Head of Network and Technology, Mark Dioguardi, said: ‘Maxis seeks to enrich the lives of its customers through bringing them the most advanced and innovative technologies. Maxis’ implementation of HSPA+ in Malaysia is a positive commitment in this direction. For the past twelve to 18 months, we have substantially increased the coverage, download/upload speeds and reliability of our wireless broadband service. HSPA+ is yet another Malaysia first for Maxis to further improve broadband services. The capability of HSPA+ will meet Malaysians’ ever-increasing demand for higher speeds in accessing the digital realm on the go, making browsing the internet, video-streaming, [and the] uploading and downloading of high-resolution files enjoyable and seamless.’