Yes 4G has been acknowledged for having the Best Overall 4G Download Speed as well as the Best 4G availability in Malaysia. These acknowledgements and awards come courtesy of OpenSignal, a company specialising in wireless coverage mapping. OpenSignal’s reports are widely used by the industry’s leading telecommunications companies and regulatory bodies including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the U.S..
The awards come as part of OpenSignal’s State of Mobile Networks report for Malaysia. The Report highlights the current state of wireless coverage in Malaysia comparing all the major operators: Celcom, Digi, Maxis, UMobile, Webe and Yes 4G. Using 1,075,460,959 measurements on 75,288 mobile devices, OpenSignal studied the quality, latency and availability of the networks provided by Malaysia’s major network providers.
Based on the report, YTL Communications’ Yes 4G bested its competition with over 90% 4G LTE coverage of the data points measured. Maxis was a far second at 80% followed closely by Celcom and Digi with about 70% coverage. A point to consider with the data points here is that they represent the percentage of time OpenSignal users had access to 4G LTE rather than measure of geographic or population coverage. Given that Yes 4G is a pure LTE network with no 3G and 2G legacies and redundancies, it comes as no surprise. However, it also shows the gap and lag between the company and some of the larger telcos in providing 4G LTE networks to the public. Considering the Malaysian vision to become a digital hub with the recent announcement of the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) and to be a leader of the digital economy in the Southeast Asian region, the access to 4G LTE and 5G in the near future is going to be a critical milestone; one that the telcos and policy makers will need to push in the near future.
That said, Yes 4G falls behind in 4G LTE latency with a reported 50ms ping. Maxis took the award for this category with a ping of about 40ms with the now defunct webe mobile a close second with 45ms. The yellow man, Digi, brings up the rear with 55ms. While latency may not be an important gauge of quality, it will affect services which require an ‘always on’ connection as well as overall connectivity. Higher latencies will result in slower response times from servers and could result in timeouts and poor service from some online services.
That said, Yes 4G leads the pack when it comes to download speeds on 4G LTE. The company’s network boasts about 20Mbps download; far faster than second place, Maxis Mobile with about 14Mbps. That said, the two are untouched by the rest of the telcos who have a reported download speed of 10Mbps and under. Chief Executive Officer of YTL Communications, Mr. Wing K. Lee, showed off the Yes 4G network with multiple live speed tests using a Samsung Galaxy Note8. He also noted that the Yes 4G network is already ready for 4G+ connectivity. This higher connectivity speeds makes the telco one of the only telcos in Malaysia to provide both VoLTE and 4G+ connectivity.
While Yes 4G claims supremacy in the 4G arena, Maxis Mobile dominated the ranks when it came to 3G. That said, with Malaysia’s ambitions to become the region’s leader in digital economy, the report highlights major gaps which regulators and telcos need to address to achieve that vision. The availability and quality of 4G LTE networks will undoubtedly play a key role in achieving that ambition. With a majority of the telcos lagging behind in this arena, it leaves a major connectivity gap that needs to be addressed before the country becomes a serious contender.
Source: OpenSignal, Yes 4G
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