Maxis Berhad was kicking off the New Year 2013 with the launch of its 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) telecommunications service, boasting wireless speeds of up to 75Mbps.
1G, 2G, 3G and now 4G. What does it all mean?
Mobile communications began with simple voice calls on 1G or 1st generation networks. Then came SMS and basic Internet functions on 2G. Afterwards, 3G offered speeds that allowed better browsing and video streaming experience, faster downloads and various mobile applications.
The latest 4G LTE or ‘Long Term Evolution’ is a wireless platform standard that is the most advanced available globally. Maxis 4G LTE offers speeds up to 75Mbps and typical average speeds of 10Mbps to 30Mbps.
Speed comparison between 3G and 4G:
Online Activities Before 4G With 4G LTE Download a 5 MB song 20 seconds 2 seconds Download a 25 MB video 100 seconds 10 seconds Download a 750 MB movie 50 minutes 5 minutes Download an HD video 5 hours 30 minutes
Maxis has started to provide the 4G LTE network to its customers in selected parts of the Klang Valley, including Cyberjaya, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Damansara Utama, Desa Sri Hartamas, Bandar Puchong Jaya and Bandar Sunway. Other areas that have partial coverage are SS2, Taman Paramount, Section 17 and 19 in Petaling Jaya, Plaza Damansara, Bandar Kinrara and Taman Wawasan in Puchong. According to the telecommunication company, many other areas will be activated soon.
Maxis CEO Sandip Das said the network would allow customers to experience a richer Internet experience with “greater download speeds, smoother HD video streams and lag-free gaming with better online satisfaction”.
Those interested can apply for the service at the Maxis Centres in KLCC and Taman Tun Dr Ismail during normal operating hours with wireless broadband packages starting from RM88.