What is LTE-A? In simple terms, Long Term Evolution Advance: which means users can enjoy much higher speed than their current 4G service. In this case the ‘Advance’ is the next step for the technology, pushing speed to the level of 4.5G (150Mbps download speed) and instead on running on a single spectrum bandwidth this technology integrates two bandwidth. A good analogy will be, imagine 2 highways instead of a single lane where cars will need to stack up behind each other, while on the double lane you can cross over. In data terms, you can now receive data from two pipelines or bandwidth which theoretically would mean double the speed. However, in order to use the service you will need to ensure your mobile device is LTE-A enabled or is a CAT-6 version.
In efforts to provide customers a better internet experience on its the network, Digi Telecommunications today announced its new high speed mobile broadband plan with the first LTE-A enabled MobiFi device which can offer seamless connectivity and at a steady download speeds of 50MB at any of the LTE-A spots nationwide. During a demonstration, speed test on the iPhone 6S showed downloads of close to 90Mbps effortlessly around the vicinity at Bukit Jalil.
With this new technology the operator has two new plans under its mobile broadband offering, Broadband 145 and 185, offer 50GB and 100GB internet quota respectively and will be available to customers beginning 1 April.
“What we want is to enrich the lives of our customers and enable them to utilise the internet consistently. With these new broadband plans coupled with our widest 4G LTE and 4G LTE-A coverage, we are set to take on the rising need for internet access, enabling our customers to constantly be ‘online’ while at work or play,” said Praveen Rajan, Digi’s Head of Postpaid & Digital Services.
Praveen continued, “LTE-A is set to become the next step in the evolution of LTE networks. The technology is expected to assist the massive increase in mobile data demand, enabling Malaysians to tap on much higher data speeds. The digital lifestyle of Malaysians is ever-growing and what better than to complement this lifestyle with a set of broadband plans that caters to various Digi customers.”
The new broadband plans follows after the recent Digi Postpaid plan announcement with future-ready plans including Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and Voice-over-WiFi (VoWiFi) services that are expected to be available later this year. As of 31 March 2016, Digi’s 4G LTE network continues to grow and now covers 72% of populated areas in Malaysia and is available in 150 cities and major towns. Digi’s LTE-A coverage currently serves 31% of Malaysians and is focused on key market centres before stretching out to secondary towns.
As part of the introduction of these new plans, existing Digi Postpaid subscribers who subscribe to the new Broadband 145 or Broadband 185, will enjoy an additional promotional discount of RM25 per month. As for the LTE-A Mobifi device it is retailed at RM754 and for those on the 185 plan can pick it up for RM203 under a 2 year contract.