From left to right: Too Tian Jen, Chief Technology Officer of U Mobile Sdn Bhd and Wong Heang Tuck, Chief Executive Officer of U Mobile Sdn Bhd
U Mobile announces an aggressive expansion strategy to strengthen its network through the roll-out of additional 2,000 3G & 4G LTE sites. It was only a couple of years ago that U Mobile announced their network expansion by partnering Maxis, riding on their Random Access Network (RAN), strengthening their 2G & 3G coverage beyond Klang Valley.
Over the years, the full-fledge telco has put continuous effort of investing in its existing network infrastructure to provide superior network coverage, high speed internet, as well as offering seamless connectivity to its consumers. The current roll-out will put continuous effort in ramping up its network points to cope with escalating demands from U Mobile’s customers. This major milestones expansion plan, targeting to complete by the end of 2015 will involve 1,000 3G and 1,000 4G LTE sites.
The RM1.5 billion upgrade will effect key cities and strategic areas within Malaysia, which include Wilayah Persekutuan, Selangor, Seremban, Port Dickson, Nilai, Ipoh, Lumut, Penang, Johor Bahru, Muar, Kluang, Segamat and Batu Pahat.
Good news for Malaysians and U Mobile subscribers as the most dynamic and innovative telco in Malaysia has expended its 3G mobile network across Peninsular Malaysia and soon into East Malaysia by early 2013. This is made possible after an agreement between U Mobile Sdn Bhd and Maxis Berhad to share the latter’s 3G Radio Access Network (RAN).
From L to R: Bill Chang (Chief Corporate Planning Officer of U Mobile Sdn Bhd), Kenneth Chang (Directoof U Mobile Sdn Bhd), YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan (Chairman of U Mobile Sdn Bhd), En. Jaffa Sany Afiffin (CEO of U Mobile Sdn Bhd), Datuk Idris Abdullah (MCMC Commissioner) and Too Tian Jen (CTO of U Mobile Sdn Bhd)
I was invited to the official launch and activation of U Mobile’s 3G network in Berjaya Times Square and was really happy to witness this historical event. The activation of U Mobile 3G network represents a major milestone for the local telecommunication industry as it is the first such initiative in Asia.
I’m a U Mobile subscriber since 2011 and I’m really glad that the 3G network expansion is finally complete. Now I can have better 3G coverage all over Peninsula Malaysia on my U Mobile device. I was having difficulty getting 3G signal in along the North-South Expressway but now I can enjoy 3G coverage all the way up to Penang.
Currently, U Mobile has its own-built 3G network infrastructure in core cities within the central, northern and southern regions of Peninsular Malaysia covering the densely populated urban areas of the Klang Valley, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Perak, and Johor. So there won’t be any 3G network congestion at all since it will be on U Mobile’s own network infrastructure.
Through the RAN sharing activation, U Mobile expands its 3G coverage to every state in Peninsula Malaysia, covering major cities and towns including Kangar, Alor Star, Kota Bahru, Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu, and Melaka. In selected area where 3G services are still being deployed, U Mobile subscribers can still continue to roam effortlessly on 2G coverage which is available via U Mobile’s 2G domestic roaming partnership with Maxis which is currently serving 95% of the population.
This partnership and sharing of 3G RAN is definitely beneficial to the consumers. With U Mobile’s competitive call and data plans, consumers will have more affordable plans for their mobile devices. Soon more consumers will get to enjoy such benefits as U Mobile’s provisional 3G network services to East Malaysia remains on schedule and will be launched in early 2013.
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