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Maxis to run 3G at 900Mhz, improves coverage

Maxis currently has about 5,000 base station for 3G and about 7,000 for 2G mobile coverage. It is believed that Maxis now has more 3G base stations compared to Celcom.

The Maxis Network Team

In a recent update, Maxis seems to be re-farming part of its 900 Mhz spectrum to run 3G. In simple words, Maxis is deploying 3G technologies at 2G frequencies.

What does this mean to end user?

Maxis 3G users now gets to enjoy better 3G signal, especially indoor and they could also see speed improvements on Maxis Wireless Broadband.

It appears that a large area in Johor Bahru now runs on the 900Mhz Maxis 3G and soon part of the Klang Valley is scheduled for the 900 Mhz(UMTS900) about one month from now.

When 3G was made available in Malaysia in 2005, it was limited to operating at 2.1GHz(2100Mhz), so the operators in Malaysia started building 3G networks using this frequency.

The higher the frequency the shorter the range, and the worse the penetration into buildings, so 3G is expensive to build, particularly if you want in-building coverage. So the operators need to deploy 3G at the lower frequencies for better coverage and to save cost.

To enjoy the improvement, customer’s phone or device must support 3G at 900Mhz.

Celcom was also  said to be running 3G at 900Mhz back in Jun 2010, read the story here.

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