KUALA LUMPUR (April 22): Malaysia’s 4G coverage has reached 95.52% as at March 31, 2022 (1Q) under Phase 1 of the Jalinan Digital Negara (Jendela) initiative, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said.
MCMC chairman Datuk Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek said in terms of the average mobile broadband speed, the Jendela initiative has surpassed its initial target of 35 Megabits per second (Mbps) in 1Q by recording 40.13 Mbps.
“As for the number of premises passed with fibre connectivity in 1Q, we have surpassed the seven million mark at 7.03 million premises, with a balance of just half a million more towards the initial target of the current Jendela phase.
“Out of three headline KPIs (key performance indicators) that we put forth for all of us at MCMC, we have surpassed one and we still have to chase two more targets for Phase 1 by the end of 2022,” he told a media briefing on the 1Q22 Jendela Report on Friday (April 22).
On the progress of the 3G network sunset, Fadhlullah said 99.3% or 252,199 3G network carriers had been shut down as at end-March with 1.82 million customers or 86.6% had been migrated from the network.
“The fact that 99% of the network has been migrated, resulting in the freed spectrum being able to be refarmed for the use of 4G, hence you see the speed of 4G has surpassed the Phase 1 target.
“As for the customer migration, some of them still do not see the need to switch to 4G and we will have to respect that decision,” he added.
Fadhlullah noted that MCMC recorded a total of 23,803 network complaints since Jan 1, 2022, dominated mostly by cellular services over 4G service quality issue, particularly in high density areas such as Kuala Lumpur, Petaling and Johor Bahru.
“Within a very populated area, the nature of usage also differs from those in the less populated areas, hence the pressure is on the network,” he said.
Commenting on the 5G deployment progress carried out by Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB), Fadhlullah said as at end-2021, a total of 500 5G locations have been completed.
“To date, I believe they have added another 250 5G sites, with the target for this year being roughly about 3,500 sites. In the next quarter, we will continue to provide more clarity on the numbers and we will also report DNB’s achievement as well,” he said.
Meanwhile, YTL Communications chief executive officer Wing K Lee said 5G performance in the country is doing very well with customers who have obtained SIM cards from YTL, have been enjoying the service and responding positively.
“When it comes to the actual speed that the users have been getting, I am pleased to report that the speed has actually gone up because there are more sites being covered with the 5G network.
“We started out at the 500 Mbps average, now we are pleased to say that the latest average speed is more than 600 Mbps for users who have our SIM card on their 5G phones,” he said.