Now Apple iPhone 5 is Supported by Maxis 4G LTE Network in Malaysia

Maxis iPhone 5 supports 4G LTE
Maxis iPhone 5 supports 4G LTE

Recently updated Apple’s supported LTE networks page listed Maxis as the only Malaysia operator. Maxis released new carrier settings and now you can use Maxis iPhone 5’s 4G LTE in Malaysia!

Maxis said 4G LTE 1800MHz is “Coming Soon”

Maxis was the first to announce 4G LTE service in Malaysia on January 1st, 2013.

Initially, due to MCMC license, Malaysian telcos are only given 2600 MHz spectrum for 4G LTE services. It has disappointed many Apple iPhone 5 owners because, while support multiple LTE bands, iPhone 5 does not support 2600MHz 4G LTE.

However, in a Maxis Get-Together Session in the end of January 2013, Maxis confirmed that it will support 4G LTE 1800MHz. How could Maxis has the privilege? I found a piece of information on Digital News Asia:

“…going by the technology-neutral licences awarded by the MCMC, Maxis does not need permission from the regulator”

That would explains the reason Maxis can have LTE services on 1800 spectrum, while other telcos cannot.

SEE ALSO: Confirmed: Maxis will Support iPhone 5 4G LTE 1800MHz in 2013

Over 2 months passed, we don’t get any update about 4G LTE 1800 MHz from Maxis since then.

Maxis iPhone 5 LTE Confirmed by Apple

Today, LiewCF discovers that the Apple supported LTE networks page has been quietly updated to add six more telcos (4 new countries and 1 U.S. telco). Maxis is the only telco listed in Malaysia to support iPhone 5 LTE (1800 MHz).

Malaysia Maxis listed in Apple supported LTE networks
Malaysia Maxis listed in Apple supported LTE networks

It is a great news for Malaysian iPhone 5 owners.

When first launched in December 2012 in Malaysia, iPhone 5’s new highlighted feature — 4G LTE support — is useless because no local telco support it. Then, in January 2013, Maxis and Celcom announced their 4G LTE services but only on 2.6GHz band. Disappointed.

Now, Malaysian Maxis iPhone 5 owners could expect to surf at super fast speed on their smartphone by riding on Maxis 4G LTE network.

Update: Maxis already roll out new carrier settings to support 4G LTE switch in iPhone 5. Tap Settings > General > About to install new carrier settings.

With the 4G LTE 1800 MHz support, Maxis is the only Malaysian operator supporting both 2600MHz and 1800MHz bands. Meaning, Maxis will support more LTE smartphones than other local operators. (Click to Tweet)

Currently, Maxis 4G LTE service is available in Klang Valley in the areas of Cyberjaya, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Damansara Utama, Desa Sri Hartamas, Bandar Puchong Jaya and Bandar Sunway. Other areas that have partial coverage are SS2, Taman Paramount, Section 17 and 19 in Petaling Jaya, Plaza Damansara, Bandar Kinrara and Taman Wawasan in Puchong.

Other 4G LTE operators in Malaysia

There are 8 operators awarded 4G LTE license in Malaysia: Maxis, Axiata (Celcom), DiGi, P1, REDtone, U Mobile, YTL, Puncak Semangat.

So far, only Maxis (first to announce 4G LTE service) and Celcom (launch 4G LTE experience hubs) have related announcements in 2013. In 2012, DiGi was shouting that it “will be the first fully LTE-equipped network in Malaysia by 2013” but we haven’t heard the availability of DiGi 4G LTE service yet in 2013.

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12 thoughts on “Now Apple iPhone 5 is Supported by Maxis 4G LTE Network in Malaysia”

    • Vincent: As far as I understand, Malaysia telcos are operating on 900/1800 MHz GSM band for 2G/3G networks. MCMC issues 2600 MHz license for the 8 operators to run 4G LTE networks.

      Maxis is an exception here that Maxis is allowed to use existing 1800 MHz spectrum to run their 4G LTE.

      Thanks for your comment. If you have more information on this topic, please let me know. :)

      • Maxis is not the exception. Celcom and DiGi are also able to use their 1800MHz spectrum for LTE. (Celcom obtain 1800MHz throught TmTouch and DiGi is only using 1800MHz from day 1). It’s depends on the 1800MHz spectrum bandwidth they are having now. Celcom can covert their 1800MHz to LTE but this will cut down their bandwidth on 1800MHz GSM. Maxis can do so as they never implement 1800MHz largerly on GSM since they acquired Timecel. Maxis knew the 1800MHz they acquire from Timecel will be in good use later (like now!).

        If DiGi allocate part of their 1800MHz bandwidth to LTE, then the balance of 1800MHz they are having for GSM will surely make their GSM performance go low and the subscribers will suffer on EDGE speed and drop calls.

        Operators at HK mostly reuse their 1800MHz to LTE for coverage inside the MTR and tunnels cause picocell on 1800MHz for LTE is way much efficient and ergonomic than 2600MHz.

        However China Mobile HK (formerly Peoples) which only hold 1800MHz GSM , can only implement LTE on their allocated 2600MHz. Their situation is similar to DiGi of Malaysia, if they allocate part of their 1800MHz to LTE… subscribers will suffer!

        Operator at SG all have 900MHz and 1800MHz from day 1. So they can easily covert their 1800MHz from GSM to LTE. Remember that GSM phone now mostly are dualband! The phone will attach to any 900Mhz or 1800MHz GSM.

          • U see, spectrum is like a cake. 1800MHz is divided to multiple slides for operators to use. Maxis gets spectrum portion 1, Celcom got portion 2, Digi get portion 3 and etc….

            The smaller spectrum (bandwidth) one has will limit the operators coverage and planning of cell. (Please refer to cell planning on wikipedia).

            Our GSM is Frequency Multiple Access.. means different frequency allocated for different telcos and different areas.

            The smaller spectrum (after cut half to LTE, lets say) will limit the performance (especially very obvious on data speed)…

            You can use 1800MHz for LTE but u need to use your own allocated spectrum earlier for GSM1800. So you need to cut your own spectrum. MCMC DOES NOT allocate new 1800MHz band for LTE!!!!!

            you are dividing your cake to smaller pieces… so kenyang tak?

            Do u get what I mean?

            I am dealing with spectrum and Wireless technology, thats why I knew

      • Liew, you are wrong again. Malaysia telco use 900 and 1800 for GSM and 2100 for WCDMA (3G), Celcom have installed WCDMA on 900MHz for outstation coverage. Maxis has little effort on this. Maxis believes GSM on 900/1800MHz, 3G on 2100MHz and LTE on 2600/1800MHz.

          • 3G (generic term) was developed for high speed mobile and definitely again, for SINGLE AIR INTERFACE TECHNOLOGY.. of course due to vendors and global geographical business competition, again different frequency and different air interface technology are being developed.. (similar to 2G case, whereby there are GSM and CDMA, 2 big camps on both coasts of the Atlantis ocean, of course Malaysia always follow the European standard).

            The need for high speed on 3G require an unused band for it and must be higher spectrum. So 2100MHz was choosen. Again, the USA cant use 2100MHz due to some reason, so they used it on 1700MHz.

            After many years of 3G, finally WCDMA become the de factor of 3G air interface standard. CDMA-EVO has failed to capture worldwide markets.

            So to answer your question, 2100MHz is used for 3G but may not only for 3G… Dont confuse yourself with generic term 3G and WCDMA and 2100MHz… not defined nowadays as technology has make multiband multimode processor very cheap to produce smart phone… :-)

      • There is no allow to use particular technology (actually is the air interface – LTE WCMDA, GSM) on particular spectrum. The more spectrum you are having, you are the best…

        That’s why DiGi has caught up to some many problems on drop call and data speed…

  1. 8 operator obtain spectrum on 2600MHz for 4G implementation.. Imagine the 2600MHz spectrum has been divided to 8 pieces…so small. That’s why MCMC encourage merging and collaboration… There are many merging and negotiation going on behind the scene now…

    Some how MCMC “give” and not allocate 2600Mhz for 8 Operators!!! MCMC insane… it’s like divide the pork as Chinese said..


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