Sources have confirmed that both Maxis and U Mobile do not plan to take up a stake in DNB – the government-owned 5G agency!
Here is what you need to know, and what it means for 5G adoption in Malaysia!
Sources : Maxis + U Mobile Decline 5G Network Stake!
Sources just confirmed to Reuters that both Maxis and U Mobile do not plan to take up a stake in Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) – the government-owned 5G agency.
According to three people familiar with the matter, Maxis and U Mobile do not see any benefit in becoming a minority shareholder of DNB, but they will remain in talks to gain access to the DNB 5G network.
It is possible that Maxis and U Mobile made this decision to pressure the government into allowing a second 5G service to be setup.
One source said, “[The parties] will have to try and restructure the deal”.
But until one side acquiesces, the rollout of 5G for most consumers in Malaysia will be further delayed.
Maxis + U Mobile Is Out, Will Other Networks Buy 5G Stake In DNB?
Maxis, U Mobile, Celcom and DiGi had earlier proposed to take a majority stake in DNB, but that was rejected by the government.
So the four main mobile network operators are now lobbying for a second 5G network – the Dual Wholesale Network (DWN) model, instead of a single whole network controlled by DNB.
With Maxis and U Mobile out, the Malaysian government’s plan to sign agreements with the other mobile networks has been disrupted.
In fact, the deadline ends today (Wednesday, August 31, 2022) for the six mobile network operators in Malaysia to agree on whether to take a combined 70% stake in DNB.
Until now, only Telekom Malaysia and YES – the two smaller telcos – have signed up with DNB to provide 5G access, with TM still running tests, while YES offering very limited 5G coverage in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.
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Yoodo – the 100% digital mobile service – just celebrated their 3rd anniversary, with some announcements!
Yoodo Celebrates 3rd Anniversary!
Yoodo – a Celcom brand – started three years ago in 2018, growing from a young start-up to becoming the only digital telco in the market to offer users the option to cherry pick and pay for what they need in a mobile plan.
According to Chow Tuck Min, Head of Yoodo, over the last 3 years, Yoodo became the dominant telco in esports, sponsoring the PUBG Mobile National Championship and even signing on two esports teams – Yoodo RSG MLBB and Yoodo RSG CODM.
Goodo also sponsored the Malaysian Premier Futsal League (MPFL), and supported local musicians and indie bands through events like Yoodo Presents and Punkrock Picnic.
Yoodo 3rd Anniversary Announcements!
In conduction with their 3rd Anniversary, Yoodo shared these announcements :
TikTok Around The Clock With Yoodo
From now until 31 December 2021, Yoodo users can purchase the new TikTok Add-On for only RM1, after which it will be priced at RM10.
This TikTok Add-On allows users to stream, create and share up to 20GB of TikTok videos.
Mobile Legends : Bang Bang Diamonds Galore
From now until 17 August 2021, Yoodo users can purchase the Mobile Legends : Bang Bang Add-On for only RM1, after which it will retail for RM5.
This Add-On comes with 20GB of Mobile Legends : Bang Bang data, as well as 1,000 in-game diamonds!
Yoodo is partnering with BHP and Petronas to offer their Yoodo SIM packs at only RM3 throughout Peninsular Malaysia.
The SIM Pack are also available at 10 Celcom Bluecube outlets in Mid Valley Megamall, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, AEON Bukit Tinggi, Laman Seri, Sunway Pyramid, NU Sentral, Prima Sri Gombak, Bandar Baru Klang, IOI Mall and Kajang.
Yoodo is celebrating its 2nd anniversary by unveiling 20 new and upcoming features for 2020! Here are the details!
New Brand Logo For 2020 : Yoodo powered by Celcom!
The first major announcement – their new brand logo –Yoodo powered by Celcom. It is designed to convey the innovative edge of Yoodo and the vast network coverage of Celcom.
“Yoodo understands the needs and wants of the modern consumer. We treat them as individuals, giving them greater freedom of choice and control.” said Chow Tuck Mun, Head of Yoodo. “Yoodo powered by Celcom assures and empowers Yoodo users on the vast options, choices, and freedom that are available to them.
New Yoodo Features For 2020
Yoodo announced these new product features for 2020 :
Renew Anytime : users can completely customise the data, voice and SMS of their mobile plans anywhere and at any time without having to complete the full month cycle.
Power Pass : a flexible data booster that offers 100GB of data for 60 mins at RM2.
new data add-ons for TikTok, Viu, Call of Duty Mobile, Boostm and an upcoming add-on for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
Enhanced Roam Like Home : which now offers a 3-day and 7-day pass, so users can use their mobile plan abroad for lower than RM5 per day.
Yoodo Rewards : Customers who purchased a total of 10 Add-Ons will get 1 free and those who have purchased 10 days worth of Roam Like Home passes will get 1 additional day free.
Yoodo eSports + Active Sports Activities For 2020
Yoodo will be sponsoring and organising a series of thrilling esports tournaments across 2020. These tournaments include :
Player Unknown’s Battleground (PUBG MOBILE) National Championship (PMNC) 2020, and
PUBG MOBILE Campus Championship (PMCC) 2020
Yoodo is also the Official Digital Telco sponsor for :
ESL MY Championship 2020 – Call of Duty: Mobile Season 1,
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League – Malaysia & Singapore Season 5,
Yoodo FV Major 2020, and
the Malaysia Premier Futsal League.
New Yoodo Promos For 2020
To commemorate their 2nd anniversary, Yoodo is bringing back the 20GB for RM20 promotion that is available now for all users!
5G will roll out in Malaysia in the near future, empowering Malaysians with next-generation wireless communications.
Are YOU ready for Malaysia’s 5G revolution?
What Is 5G?
5G is a new wireless technology that offers significantly faster Internet connectivity speeds, and far less delay (called latency) than current 4G networks.
While 4G networks can deliver downloads speeds of 1 gigabit per second, with latencies as low as 70 ms, 5G networks will be able to deliver 10x better!
That next-generation level of improvement will power new capabilities in the areas of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and Internet of Things. It will transform a wide variety of industries, from transportation to agriculture and even education.
How Does 5G Work?
5G introduces a slew of new technologies that let it deliver much higher bandwidth, with almost zero delay :
Millimeter Wave Spectrum
With so many people using the same 4G spectrum, it is impossible to deliver high bandwidth.
5G networks avoids this problem by using millimeter wave frequencies between 30 and 300 GHz to make use of a new and different spectrum.
In addition to using millimeter waves, 5G networks can leverage on the massive MIMO technology to massively expand the number of users they can support by 22X or more!
This technology allows a 5G base station to fit many more antennas than a 4G base station, letting it to send and receive signals from many more users at once.
5G networks will use beamforming to more efficiently deliver your data, while reducing interference for people around you.
Full Duplex Transmissions
5G networks will introduce full duplex transmissions – their base stations can send and receive data from your smartphone at the same time – doubling download and upload speeds!
The Future of 5G In Langkawi, Malaysia!
Celcom collaborated with the Royal Malaysian Police and the Langkawi Municipal Council to explore the future of 5G technologies.
They started with the deployment of their 5G Safety and Security Smart City solution, with multiple 360⁰ UHD 4K panoramic live video surveillance cameras were installed at the famous tourist spots in Langkawi.
Leveraging 5G’s low latency and high data speeds, the Celcom 5G Safety and Security Smart City solution used Artificial Intelligence and video analytics to perform real-time monitoring with high-definition picture quality.
Celcom is also expanding its 5G use cases in Langkawi to cover Digital Defense for Beach Boundaries, Crowd Control Monitoring, Digital Control of Inbound and Outbound of Cargo, Fleet Management System, Geo-Fencing & Smart Perimeters, as well as 5G Fixed Wireless Access.
Celcom Blazes Path To 5G In Malaysia
The journey to 5G started in 2017, when Celcom became the first network operator in Malaysia to embark on a 5G trial, working with Ericsson to achieve a throughput of 18 Gbps.
Celcom and Ericsson enabled Malaysia’s first 5G hologram call, and demonstrated an autonomous vehicle that connected over a live 5G network in April 2019.
Celcom then launched their first 5G Live Cluster Field Trial at Celcom’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya on 26 July 2019.
The 5G Live Cluster Field Trial lasted six months, allowing Celcom engineers to test and observe use cases and behavior of 5G coverage in a real-life environment.
Data throughputs of close to 6 Gbps
Latency of about 10 ms
5G-to-5G and 5G-to-4G VoLTE (Voice over LTE) calls
Ultra-High Definition (UHD) voice calls
4K UHD video streaming
GameCloud game streaming
Celcom also conducted additional live field trials in areas like Seksyen 14, Crystal Crown Hotel, MPBJ Tower and Taman Jaya LRT Station. So far, those 5G macro sites cover just over 1.2 square kilometers, reaching about 4600 people in 450 households, and 130 shops and offices.
What Can You Expect When 5G Rolls Out In Malaysia?
When 5G rolls out in Malaysia, it will transform how we play and work, and how we consume our online services and content.
Besides delivering a higher bitrate of 4K video streaming, gamers will immediately notice a big drop in network latency, greatly reducing lag. With ultra-low latencies, it will make gaming far more enjoyable and give them a big advantage over gamers still on 4G.
The combination of high data bandwidth and ultra-low latency will greatly improve AR and VR experiences. 5G will enable AR and VR displays with much higher resolution and refresh rates, for a more believable and comfortable experience.
The introduction of 5G will also spur the creation of high-bandwidth IoT devices for our smart homes, always-connected computing devices, and smarter vehicles and yes, even autonomous vehicles one day!
Even cloud and media services will be transformed by 5G. Data stored in cloud services will feel as if they are residing in your mobile device or computer.
The quality of the media we consume today on streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, Apple TV+, Tidal and Spotify will be greatly improved because the industry will move to optimize for quality, instead of optimizing for low-bandwidth.
Even location services like Waze and Google Maps will be greatly enhanced by 5G. Your location can be more precisely triangulated using the 5G network, which means you will no longer miss a turn, or lane change!
5G may seem like a buzz word today, but it will change our lives when it rolls out in Malaysia!
Celcom and Maxis just signed an MOU to explore the possibility of sharing their 5G infrastructure to accelerate 5G rollout in Malaysia. Here are the details!
Celcom + Maxis To Explore 5G Network Sharing!
Celcom and Maxis today (25 November 2019) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore a potential partnership for the deployment of the next-generation 5G network infrastructure across Malaysia.
They will both look at the potential collaboration in the joint deployment of 5G infrastructure in selected areas in Malaysia. Maxis and Celcom will still maintain their own networks, and remain competitive in other areas.
This potential collaboration could help deliver significant cost savings to both telcos, and let them deliver a faster roll-out of 5G services.
Such a collaboration will also enable both telcos to explore possible business opportunities in key 5G strategic areas.
Signing on behalf of Celcom was Idham Nawawi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Muniff Kamaruddin, Chief Strategy and Value Creation Officer. Meanwhile, Maxis was represented by Gokhan Ogut, CEO and Morten Bangsgaard, Chief Technology & Information Officer.
Celcom On 5G Network Sharing MoU With Maxis
Idham Nawawi, Celcom CEO said, “We believe collaboration is the way forward for the industry and working with Maxis to explore a more coordinated 5G deployment in Malaysia is something we are excited about. 5G is the next evolution that will transform how people work, live and play. It will enable a more enhanced consumer experience as well as create new opportunities for consumers, students, governments and businesses alike. Our potential collaboration will pave the way for the delivery of a world-class 5G network, on top of our existing 4G and 3G/2G networks, to every Malaysian, realising a truly digital Malaysia in the IR4.0 era.”
Maxis On 5G Network Sharing MoU With Celcom
Gokhan Ogut, Maxis CEO said, “We welcome the idea of collaborating with Celcom for 5G network sharing. We are already sharing towers, fiber and working together on connectivity for rural areas and USP projects. This helps us save resources and accelerate rollout. With this 5G network sharing, it presents an opportunity for us to deliver more value to our customers. Such industry collaboration is important in supporting Malaysia’s ambition in driving the digital economy.”
The 2019 OpensignalMalaysian Mobile Network Experience report reaffirmed that Maxis and Celcom continue to dominate the Malaysian mobile network market over the other four players- Digi, U Mobile, Unifi and Yes.
Find out more about the 2019 Opensignal report findings, and what it means for your mobile network experience in Malaysia!
The 2019 Opensignal Malaysian Mobile Network Experience Report
The 2019 OpensignalMalaysian Mobile Network Experience report was compiled from over 1.9 billion measurements collected from over 744, 691 devices using the Opensignal app in Malaysia. The report covered a 3-month period from December 2019 through February 2019.
In t which was compiled over a 3 month period (December 2018-February 2019), Maxis and Celcom has emerged winners ahead of their rivals Digi, U Mobile, Unifi and Yes.
The 2019 Opensignal Key Findings
The 2019 Opensignal Malaysian Mobile Network Experience report clearly showed that Maxis and Celcom are very much ahead of their other rivals in the Malaysian mobile network market.
Here are the key findings from the 2019 Opensignal report :
Maxis and Celcom are almost equal in distancing themselves from the other four telco operators such as Digi, U Mobile, Unifi and Yes.
Maxis won the Download Speed Experience category with an average connection of 17.9 Mbps
Celcom won the Upload Speed Experience with an average connection of 6.3 Mbps.
Maxis and Celcom were the only two operators to earn Good ratings in the video application metric; DiGi, UMobile and Unifi all had either Fair or Poor ratings.
2019 Opensignal Regional Performance
The 2019 Opensignal report also showed the regional performance of Malaysia’s mobile operators in 11 Malaysian regions/cities with some rather unique results, such as;
In the 4G Availability metrics, Yes was the clear winner in Kuala Lumpur and Seberang Perai / Penang with scores above 95% – an exceptional level of LTE access.
Celcom had 4G Availability scores above 90% in Alor Setar, Ipoh, Johor Baharu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu, Malacca and Seberang Perai/Penang.
In Ipoh, all five operators improved on their national Upload Speed Experience results while in Download Speed Experience, there were significant increases from four of the operators over their national averages.
Celcom just launched Yoodo – their new fully-digital, fully-customisable 4G service! Here’s everything you need to know about Yoodo, and what it means for Malaysian consumers.
The Yoodo Digital 4G Service
Yoodo is a fully-digital, fully-customisable mobile service that runs exclusively on the Celcom 4G network. It is essentially what Yes has been since June 2016 – a 4G-only network with fast mobile Internet and VoLTE capability.
Some people are calling Yoodo a new telco, or a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator). Neither are accurate, because Yoodo is a Celcom service. To explain what Yoodo is, and what it offers, there is no one better than Farid Yunus, Head of Yoodo.
Now, watch how easy it is to sign-up and customise a Yoodo plan!
Free! Free! Free!
Yoodo offers a bunch of freebies right out of the door :
Free SIM card – you can order a Yoodo SIM card for free, even without customising or paying for your plan!
Free delivery – the SIM card is delivered to you in 1-3 days for free!
Free tethering – you don’t have to pay to share your data with your laptop and other mobile devices!
Free changes and cancellation – you can change your plan, or leave Yoodo at anytime, without any fees!
For those who cannot wait 1-3 days for the free standard delivery, Yoodo offers an Express Delivery option in the Klang Valley – for RM 15, you will receive the SIM card in just 2 hours!
The Yoodo Price List
Not only is Yoodo fully digital, it is fully customisable. You only select the services you want to pay for.
Data Per Month
Calls Per Month
SMS Per Month
5 GB for Facebook
10 GB for YouTube
If you don’t need mobile Internet, you can actually get away with just paying RM 5 for 50 minutes of voice calls, or just RM 3 for 50 SMS messages. The cheapest mobile Internet option is 2 GB of data for RM 20.
The maximum cost (without add-ons) is RM 182 per month, with 100 GB of data, 2000 minutes of calls and 2000 SMS messages.
Roam Like Home
If you are travelling overseas, you can purchase a Roam Like Home pass for RM 10 per day, to make use of your domestic data quota at no additional charge. The Roam Like Home pass is currently available only for these 12 countries :
Why Is Celcom Launching Yoodo?
With the exception of Yes, which uses a pure 4G LTE network, all other mobile networks in Malaysia employ a hybrid analog-digital network. This allows them to continue using their existing 2G and 3G networks, while supplementing them with the faster digital-only 4G LTE network.
They will all need to migrate their users to a fully-digital network to free up spectrum, and eventually upgrade their network to 5G. Creating these digital-only services allow them to do that, without disrupting their existing hybrid network.
The Boost mobile wallet offers a new, and more convenient way to pay, send, request and store money in their smartphones. It is not the first, and it won’t be the last, mobile wallet to be offered to consumers. Find out what raises the Boost mobile wallet above and beyond the competition!
The Boost Mobile Wallet
Boost was originally launched as a lifestyle app in January 2017, offering prepaid top-ups and digital vouchers. It has now been upgraded into a mobile wallet that allows its users to pay for goods and services using their smartphones.
Like other mobile wallet providers, the Boost team has worked hard at recruiting merchants to accept Boost payments. They currently boast online and offline in over 5,000 locations, with a surprising emphasis on pasar malam vendors, food trucks, and food courts, in addition to the usual suspects.
They’re also focusing on the social element of their users to drive market acceptance. They include functions designed to fit the modern lifestyle – Scan and Pay, and Split Bill, for example. The Boost team is also integrating “social games” into the app, to make it more than just a mobile wallet.
The Boost “Paint The Town Red” Campaign
In conjunction with Chinese New Year, Boost will debut its “Paint The Town Red” campaign, where signature red QR codes can be spotted at all online and offline partner merchants nationwide, which users can scan using their mobile phones in their daily transactions.
Boost will introduce a number of new features that will have raining Ang Pows in the app made available from 30 January 2018 until 28 February 2018. All one has to do to receive Ang Pows is:
Pay with the Boost mobile wallet at physical outlets and online stores
Purchase digital vouchers, prepaid top up & pay Celcom postpaid bill
Join the Share & Get Ang Pow game
Android users can download Boost from the Play Store while iOS users can download from the App Store
Kuala Lumpur, 22 December 2017 – History has once again made its mark as 32 year-old, Muhamad Fakhrorazi Ismail took home the grand prize of a brand new BMW 3-series, after slamming a top score of 27,800 points during the final showdown of the second tournament series in biggest mobile tournament in Malaysia : Celcom Game Hero – Se7en Gear.
Celcom Game Hero Winner Bags BMW 3 Series!
Muhamad Fakhrorazi, an accountant from Ipoh, Perak, took home the grand prize after an intense one hour battle with the other finalists that were drawn down from an overwhelming response of participants over the course of four months.
Claiming the second prize of brand new Honda Jazz car was 34-year-old property consultant, Oh Boon Jin from Kampar Perak with 25,900 points, while coming in third place to claim a brand new Perodua Bezza was 32-year-old businessman, Mohammad Aslan Atik from Semporna, Sabah with 25,640 points during the final showdown.
Three other finalists also walked home with great prizes ranging from the latest devices and smartphones in the market!
The Celcom Game Hero grand prizes were presented by Ramanathan Sathiamutty, Chief Transformation Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad and Dato’ Lion Peh, Chief Executive Officer of Techninier Sdn Bhd at Menara Celcom.
Celcom Game Hero Continues With Kill Shot Legacy
Celcom worked with local Malaysian content developers Techninier Sdn Bhd for the second Celcom Game Hero – Se7en Gear, which was participated by thousands of gamers, from casual to expert gamers.
Since 7 November 2017, the third tournament for Celcom Game Hero will continue with Techninier’s ‘Kill Shot Legacy’, an intense first-person shooting game that takes place across different timelines including the Old West, an Alien Zone, Military Base and the Future.
‘Kill Shot Legacy’ can be easily participated by casual to expert gamers. Mobile gamers just need to gain a high score by gunning down bad guys and be placed in the leader boards to be in the running for cash prizes.
With eight game mastery level challenges, game heroes can expect a pack load of new contents and shoot it out within the next four months for the top leader boards once again! The next group of winners will go head to head and draw down for the grand prizes.
Getting ready to buy the Apple iPhone 8 Plus or the Apple iPhone 8? You may be wondering how many kidneys you need to sell, to afford the new iPhone 8. Well, we can now share with you the Apple iPhone 8 price list for Malaysia because it was leaked by Celcom! Thanks for the tip, Vernon!
The Apple iPhone 8 Price In Malaysia
We would normally expect an Apple employee or someone working for a telco to leak such details. But this year, it was the telco itself that leaked the prices ahead of the pre-order! Celcom today revealed the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 price list for Malaysia!
They also revealed the new prices for the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 smartphones. For your convenience, we summarise the prices in this table :
As you can see, the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 models will cost about 4% more in Malaysia, than in the US. But that’s before the 6% GST is added. With the 6% GST, the Malaysian prices are about 10% higher than the US prices.
The Apple iPhone 8 Availability In Malaysia
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 will be available for pre-order, which kicks off at 12:01 AM on 13 October 2017. The new telco offers will also be revealed in conjunction with the pre-order. Deliveries and retail sale will begin on 20 October 2017.