Maxis conducts first 5G trial in Cyberjaya

  • TECH
  • Thursday, 07 Mar 2019

A 5G sign illuminated by light bulbs stands on the Xiaomi Corp. stand on the opening day of the MWC Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. At the wireless industry’s biggest conference, over 100,000 people are set to see the latest innovations in smartphones, artificial intelligence devices and autonomous drones exhibited by more than 2,400 companies. Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

Maxis claims it has begun conducting the first ever live trials of 5G networking in Malaysia earlier this week following the announcement of the telco's collaboration with Huawei at the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC). 

The trials are intended to provide Maxis with data regarding 5G characteristics – including the use of spectrum in higher bands, co-existence with current services, as well as use cases such as Gigabit high speed mobile Internet – and thus far Maxis claims to have recorded download speeds almost reaching 3Gbps during their live trials. 

Maxis chief technology officer Morten Bangsgaard said that the company is very excited for the potential that 5G networking offers to both consumers and businesses. 

“We were the first to bring 4G to Malaysia and we are excited to be doing it again with 5G,” added Bangsgaard. 

Besides enabling speeds of up to 10 times faster than 4G, 5G is also expected to enable greater capacity for wireless networks, greater reliability and low latency, as well as massive connections to the Internet of Things (IoT), among others. 

The planned trials are to be conducted over the course of six months in Cyberjaya.

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