Maxis pleased with outcome of initial LTE trial


KUALA LUMPUR: Maxis Bhd has started its trial of LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology for smartphone and wireless broadband users.

LTE will enable its subscribers to transfer large files to and enjoy streaming video on mobile devices, as well as watch almost HD-quality video on laptops.

In collaboration with its technology partners Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei, it said it achieved an LTE connection with a peak download speed of between 60Mbps and 104Mbps, using both 10MHz and 20MHz bandwidth channels.

Maxis said this enables an easy download of a 640MB full-length movie in less than a minute with an average download speed of 100Mbps, and the upload of a 6MB video to YouTube in a few seconds, with an average upload speed of 20Mbps.

Next month, it will further field test the technology in the Bandar Utama and Damansara areas to rigorously assess the quality of its LTE performance.

During this phase, the standalone LTE system will be integrated into Maxis’ extensive HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) network to provide seamless user experience across LTE and existing 2G/3G/HSPA technologies.

“The early successful trial of LTE allows Maxis a better understanding of 4G (fourth-generation cellular) technology and the value it can deliver to our customers,” said Mark Dioguardi, Maxis’ executive vice-president and head of network and technology.

“It is also a step ahead for the country’s platform of innovation and connectivity, opening up greater avenues for exchange, collaboration and commerce.”

For more information on Maxis’ network, go to www.maxis.com.my/network.

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