Malaysian mobile network operator DiGi Telecommunications has announced the launch of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Kota Kinabalu, with Loh Keh Jiat, the operator’s chief sales officer, noting: ‘We are excited to bring 4G LTE services to a key market like Sabah, which has among the highest data users on our network. Our customers now enjoy a consistent internet experience of a minimum 1Mbps, 80% of the time on our brand-new network. The introduction of 4G LTE will strengthen this experience with more capacity and faster speeds.’
Looking ahead the operator has said it is aiming to complete its LTE network rollout for the year by strengthening its infrastructure in East Malaysia, saying it expects to cover 84% of Kota Kinabalu by end-2014, while also expanding to Tawau and Labuan in Sabah and Miri in Sarawak by that same date. Meanwhile, in terms of its existing coverage DiGi confirmed its 4G services are now available in: the Klang Valley, Penang, Kampar, Johor Bahru and Kuching
As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in December 2012 DiGi received a 20MHz block of spectrum in the 2600MHz suitable for offering LTE-based services and it subsequently introduced launched 4G commercially in ‘selected high traffic locations in the Klang Valley’ in early July 2013.