Malaysian mobile network operator (MNO) DiGi Telecommunications has announced its latest network update developments, confirming that its LTE network is now available to around 85% of the population, with coverage of 275 cities and towns. According to MIS Asia, the cellco also revealed that by the end of 2016 it had extended coverage of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology to around 41% of Malaysians across 61 cities and towns. Meanwhile, DiGi’s chief network officer Kesavan Sivabalan was also cited as saying that his company was now offering VoLTE ‘at all its 4G LTE sites’.
In terms of future plans, the executive noted that a voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) technology deployment is scheduled to be launched ‘soon’, while it has been confirmed that the MNO aims to begin using 900MHz spectrum commercially for 4G connectivity from 1 July 2017. With regards to the latter, Sivabalan noted: ‘The 900MHz spectrum is a game changer. With it, customers will see significant improvements such as stronger indoor coverage, wider outdoor coverage and better internet capacity … We have already started deploying it, and effective 1 July, we will turn it on. We will start in the key market areas.’