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YTL Terragraph Public WiFi Network In Penang Goes Live!

YTL Terragraph Public WiFi Network In Penang Goes Live!

The YTL Terragraph public WiFi network in Penang has gone live! Here is the latest update on the super-fast public WiFi project for historic George Town, a UNESCO heritage site!

 

YTL Terragraph Deployment In Penang

Back in February 2019, YTL launched the first Terragraph trial in Penang, promising to install about 200 Terragraph nodes across a quarter of historic George Town.

They surpassed that goal with the deployment of 350 Terragraph nodes installed on 160 city lamp posts just 6 weeks after their initial trial.

YB Jagdeep Singh Deo, Penang EXCO for Local Government, Housing and Town & Country Planning said, “I am extremely glad to announce that YTL Terragraph Public WiFi network here in George Town heritage area can deliver download speed up to 170 Mbps. This is 10 times faster than the fastest public WiFi network in the world including Singapore.

YTL has so far completed deploying Terragraph in 5 zones in the George Town heritage area. They are set to complete all zones by end of May 2019.

 

What Is Terragraph?

Terragraph is a millimetre-wave wireless technology that uses the 60 GHz spectrum to deliver low-cost, high-speed internet connectivity to dense urban areas. Think of it as a cheap, wireless alternative to expensive fibre-optic broadband.

The Facebook Terragraph technology is attractive to city planners because the unique signal-absorbing nature of the 60 GHz band limits interference to other wireless systems. It is also cheap to implement because it uses off-the-shelf WiGig components, and the 60 GHz spectrum is unlicensed.

Another advantage is the unobtrusive nature of its nodes – they are small and can be installed on existing lighting and traffic light poles. This greatly eases installation, and lowers costs, while multiple nodes to be installed without affecting the landscape.

 

The YTL Terragraph Public WiFi Network – How Fast Is It?

Currently, the YTL Terragraph Public WiFi network has achieved download speeds of over 170 Mbps, with upload speeds of 160 Mbps.

YTL also reported that on average, 230 MB of data was transferred per session, with a peak consumption of 5 GB for a single user.

 

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Facebook Terragraph Hits 1.7 Gbps In First Asian Trial!

At Mobile World Congress 2018, Facebook announced that they will introduce their Terragraph millimetre-wave wireless technology in two cities – Budapest and Kuala Lumpur.

But guess what – Facebook and YTL Communications just launched Asia’s first large scale Terragraph trial in Penang! They also demonstrated transfer speeds of over 1.7 Gbps!

Here is our comprehensive look at the first large-scale Asian trial of Terragraph, and its first performance demonstration!

 

What Is Facebook Terragraph?

Terragraph is a 60 GHz, multi-node wireless system designed to deliver low-cost, high-speed internet connectivity to dense urban areas. Think of it as a cheap, wireless alternative to expensive fibre-optic broadband.

More importantly, it’s cheap to implement and is unobtrusive. Look at how the Terragraph nodes blend into  the landscape in the historic UNESCO Heritage Area in George Town, Penang.

For a more detailed look at the technology behind Terragraph, take a look at our special – Facebook Terragraph – Everything You Need To Know!

 

The Facebook Terragraph Trial In Penang

YTL Communications and Facebook officially trial launched Terragraph in Penang on 18 February 2019, with the Malaysian Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo in attendance.

This new wireless technology is particularly useful for a sensitive area like UNESCO heritage sites, like historic George Town with its invaluable collection of well-preserved pre-war buildings. The laying of fibre-optic cables would be prohibitively expensive or even impossible.

YTL Communications CEO Wing K. Lee and Deputy CEO Jacob Yeoh revealed to us that it only took their team a day to install the two dozen Terragraph nodes for the launch, and that about 60 of these nodes will be up by 1 March 2019.

That’s when the system goes online, and both tourists and residents in the area will have access to fast and FREE Public WiFi and Fixed Wireless Access for the next 6 months.

This 6-month long market pilot project represents a significant investment by YTL Communications and Facebook. By April 2019, they will install about 200 of these nodes across a quarter of George Town.

This large-scale trial will help them identify the problems this millimetre-wave wireless system may have in a tropical environment. Rain fade is especially a concern, and so is the high ambient temperature.

At the end of this trial, YTL Communications will seek approval from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission for the licence to roll-out Terragraph commercially.

 

Facebook Terragraph Hits 1.7 Gbps!

At the end of the launch event, YTL Communications and Facebook demonstrated that it can deliver a download speed in excess of 1.3 Gbps, with an upload speed of over 1.7 Gbps. The ping time was a low 13 ms.

That is almost 45X faster than the future minimum broadband standard (as revealed by Malaysian Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo). In fact, at those speeds, you can download a 40 GB Blu-ray movie in just 4 minutes, or upload it in just over 3 minutes!

For a more detailed look at the technology behind Terragraph, take a look at our special – Facebook Terragraph – Everything You Need To Know!

 

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Facebook Terragraph – Everything You Need To Know!

Facebook first announced Terragraph in 2016, introducing it in downtown San Jose. They have now launched two worldwide trials – in Hungary and Malaysia, delivering low-cost gigabit broadband wirelessly.

Here is everything you need to know about the Terragraph wireless technology, and why it matters!

 

What Is Terragraph?

Terragraph is a millimetre-wave wireless technology that uses the 60 GHz spectrum to deliver low-cost, high-speed internet connectivity to dense urban areas. Think of it as a cheap, wireless alternative to expensive fibre-optic broadband.

Designed to provide high-speed street level coverage, every Terragraph node has a highly-directional phase array antenna that is steerable. The 60 GHz signal has a limited range, so the nodes are placed at 200 to 250 meter intervals.

Coupled with its steerable antennas, having multiple nodes in an area allow the network to route and steer around interference typically found in dense urban environments. It also has a mesh network design, which allows it to automatically deliver data using the most efficient route.

The Terragraph technology is attractive to city planners because the unique signal-absorbing nature of the 60 GHz band limits interference to other wireless systems. It is also cheap to implement because it uses off-the-shelf WiGig components, and the 60 GHz spectrum is unlicensed.

Another advantage is the unobtrusive nature of its nodes – they are small and can be installed on existing lighting and traffic light poles. This greatly eases installation, and lowers costs, while multiple nodes to be installed without affecting the landscape.

 

How Is Terragraph Superior?

Terragraph isn’t exactly a “superior” solution that will replace all other infrastructure. Instead, it’s designed to make it easier to deliver gigabit broadband in dense urban areas.

It is cheaper and offers more bandwidth than cellular data networks. And while optical fibre networks can be faster, they are more expensive and more difficult (and thus slower) to deploy.

 

Terragraph Core Benefits

Terragraph promises to deliver these core benefits over alternative network solutions :

Unlimited Spectrum – It uses the V-band spectrum at 60 GHz, which allows wireless transfers at multi-gigabit speeds.

Lower Cost – When combined with existing fibre infrastructure, it offers a lower-cost solution for Fixed Wireless Access.

Faster Time To Market – It is faster to deploy than any wired service, because it does not require securing costly Right of Way permissions.

Seamless Deployment – Unlike cell towers, Terragraph nodes are very small and discreet. They can be mounted onto existing street furniture and poles, or even buildings.

Ubiquitous Coverage – It can extend the existing fibre network wirelessly throughout a city, and uniformly deliver gigabit speeds in difficult-to-reach neighbourhoods.

 

How Fast Is Terragraph?

At the Penang trial launch, YTL Communications and Facebook demonstrated that it can deliver a download speed in excess of 1.3 Gbps, with an upload speed of over 1.7 Gbps. The ping time was a low 13 ms.

That is almost 45X faster than the future minimum broadband standard (as revealed by Malaysian Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo). In fact, at those speeds, you can download a 40 GB Blu-ray movie in just 4 minutes, or upload it in just over 3 minutes!

 

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