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U Mobile to deploy 5k more base station in the next 5 years, 1k 4G LTE sites already deployed

U Mobile Sdn Bhd announced that they have completed the addition of 1,000 new 4G LTE sites three months ahead of schedule. The Telco also said that it will deploy 5,000 more new sites (base station) over the next 5 years, all over Malaysia (including Sabah & Sarawak) until 2020, comprising 3G (60%) and 4G LTE (40%) sites.

[From left to right] Jasmine Lee, Chief Marketing Officer, Wong Heang Tuck, Chief Executive Officer and Too Tian Jen, Chief Technology Officer announcing on U Mobile’s expanded 4G LTE coverage

[From left to right] Jasmine Lee, Chief Marketing Officer, Wong Heang Tuck, Chief Executive Officer and Too Tian Jen, Chief Technology Officer announcing on U Mobile’s expanded 4G LTE coverage

For the newly deployed 1,000 4G LTE base station, U Mobile said that these new sites are located at various locations across Klang Valley, Putrajaya, Seremban, Port Dickson as well as Johor Bahru, offering high-speed connectivity with data speeds up to 75Mbps.

Too Tian Jen (TJ), U Mobile Chief Technology Officer of U Mobile Sdn Bhd, points out that the telco is committed to invest in its network infrastructure to provide customers with the best 4G LTE & 3G network quality available.

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“U Mobile is a data centric telco. 70% of U Mobile’s customers are smartphone users, hence we want them to have the best internet and data experience in terms of speed and quality. We also believe in giving our customers the best value possible and we do so by offering our customers the best mobile plans in the market today,” said TJ (picture above).

During the briefing, TJ also highlighted the Telco’s future network plans,”U Mobile believes that the demand for smartphones and data will keep increasing. Hence, we will continue our network expansion plans by rolling out 5,000 new sites over the next 5 years. This roadmap is part of U Mobile’s integrated strategy to maintain our leadership as the telco with the best overall customer experience”.

U Mobile announced last year that it would roll out 1,000 new 3G sites and 1,000 new 4G LTE sites by the end of 2015. To meet the target of 1,000 new 3G sites this year, U Mobile will be deploying 300 more 3G sites in the next 3-months, in west coast and east cost of Malaysia.

TJ told MalaysianWireless that U Mobile currently has a human population coverage of 78% for 3G (including its 3G RAN sharing with Maxis) and 27% for 4G LTE nationwide.

The Telco’s network vendors include ZTE and Huawei.

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Jasmine Lee, Chief Marketing Officer of U Mobile (picture) said that the Telco has partnered with Open Signal, a company that specializes in wireless coverage mapping, to build its new “network crowd sourcing map”.  The new coverage map is set to identify poor U Mobile coverage areas, network congestion where these data are expected to be made public with a timeline to resolve it. Jasmine is encouraging customers to download the Open Signal app (iOS and Android) to share their network experience and feedback.

Based on data obtained from Open Signal (January-August 2015), TJ said that U Mobile is currently ranked 1st for both 4G LTE & 3G network quality and speed when compared to other mobile operators in Malaysia.

[Download docx]- The full list of U Mobile 4G LTE coverage in Klang Valley(including Negeri Sembilan) and Johor Bharu

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