Malaysian mobile broadband provider YTL Communications has reportedly submitted the business plan required to secure spectrum licences that will allow it to roll out its WiMAX-based services in Sabah and Sarawak. Bernama reports that the operator has handed the plan over to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), with YTL’s CEO Wing K Lee confirming that his company was now awaiting feedback from the regulator: ‘[The] MCMC will review the plan and give us the feedback.’
The executive meanwhile also confirmed that the YTL had recently inaugurated its network in Terengganu as part of its efforts to enhance coverage along the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Lee noted that YTL plans to add more than 2,500 new WiMAX base stations before the end of 2011, by which date it expects to have achieved 85% population coverage in Peninsular Malaysia; currently the operator is understood to have around 2,000 base stations in operation, covering around 65% of the region’s population. Mr Lee also stated that YTL expects that on the back of the enhanced footprint subscribers will rise to more than 400,000 by end-2011, up from the 300,000 the company currently counts.