Monday, February 6, 2023

Digi 4G LTE coverage in Klang Valley now at 79%, 1800Mhz LTE coming soon

Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) announced today that its 4G LTE coverage in Klang Valley now stands at 79%.

L-R: Albern Murty, Digi’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Loh Keh Jiat, Digi’s Chief Sales Officer (CSO).
L-R: Albern Murty, Digi’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Loh Keh Jiat, Digi’s Chief Sales Officer (CSO).

The Telco, which launched its 4G LTE service in July 2013 claims that it is the fastest growing network in Malaysia. Its nationwide 4G LTE population coverage currently stands at 33% and it is targeting a 45% nationwide population coverage by year end.

In the next few quarters, Digi said it will be overlaying 1800Mhz and 2600Mhz spectrum for 4G LTE. The current Digi 4G LTE network is using the 2600Mhz frequency while its 2G network is on 1800Mhz. For LTE on the 1800Mhz band, the Telco told MalaysianWireless that it is refarming the spectrum and plan to use 20Mhz (10Mhz x2) for the LTE deployment. Digi has a total of 50Mhz spectrum in the 1800Mhz band. This will simultaneously increase network coverage, boost capacity and significantly improve both indoor and outdoor Internet experience in the Klang Valley, it claims.

[Update: Digi takes a U-Turn, now saying 1800MHz 4G LTE available in Penang & Sarawak]

[Corrected] The Telco said that its customers are already experiencing consistent LTE experience of more than 5Mbps, 80% of the time. Digi’s 4G LTE services are currently available in the Klang Valley, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuantan, Kota Kinabalu, Tawau, Labuan, Kuching, Miri, Bintulu, Kampar, Langkawi and Port Dickson.

“Our commitment to expand LTE coverage in the Klang Valley and across Malaysia reflects the company’s long term plans to continue investing heavily in its network to deliver internet for all Malaysians. In the last three years, we have invested RM2.3 billion in CAPEX to modernise and strengthen our network. This year, we are committed to invest RM900 million in CAPEX for our network, part of which is to fast track LTE rollout and extend the benefits of high-quality internet connectivity for all,” said Albern Murty, Digi’s Chief Executive Officer(CEO).

“Today, the internet segment is widely projected to be the fastest growing segment in the telco industry – the future is all about the internet. Our focus is to continue to ensure everyone has access to quality internet services nationwide fueled by significant improvements in our network performance and coverage, the proliferation of a wider range of affordable smartphones bundles including choices under RM200, and innovative digital service offerings  to fit different customer usage patterns,” Murty said.

Digi will be hosting a four-day roadshow starting today at One Utama, where customers can sign-up for LTE postpaid DG Smart Plans, iDiGi Plans and Broadband plans. Customers have a choice of premium devices like the iPhone 6 to more affordable options such as the Lenovo A606, Meizu MX 4 and Huawei Honor 6, available for free with selected DG Smart Plans. It is also offering free LTE SIM upgrade for exiting prepaid and postpaid customers redeemable at the roadshow.

Customers will also enjoy Digi’s special 20th Anniversary RM1 million prizes giveaway for new and existing Digi customers who sign-up or purchase items at the roadshow.

Kugan is the co-founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy

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