Celcom’s 4G network covers 91% of Malaysia’s population. Live 5G trials to start next month

Celcom, one of the top telco companies in Malaysia has recently shared a couple of updates on its business and network performance. The telco has just completed its major network optimisation exercise in the last quarter and it promises to offer the best digital experience for video streaming, social network, mobile gaming and home wireless broadband.

The blue telco has managed to increase its revenue by 1.1% from RM6.592 billion in 2017 to RM6.667 billion in 2018. The postpaid business has shown steady growth with increase in revenue, Average Revenue per User (ARPU) and subscription. Celcom currently has 2.99 million postpaid subscribers.

As of February 2019, Celcom have deployed more than 9,000 LTE sites nationwide with larger network capacity to deliver more data. As a result, Celcom claims that their LTE network now covers 91% of the population, which is pretty close to Maxis’ claim of 92% LTE population coverage. Meanwhile, 78% of the population is covered by LTE-A.

As announced by the government, Celcom will conduct live 5G trials starting April 2019 in Cyberjaya. The telco will continue to adopt a multi-vendor strategy where they will work together with Ericsson and Huawei to develop their 5G test-bed. During the live 5G trial, Celcom will showcase several 5G use-cases which include holoportation, connected vehicles, VR football match streaming, 5G Fixed Wireless Access and connected drones.

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