Confirmed: Maxis will Support iPhone 5 4G LTE 1800Mhz in 2013

List of 4G smartphones supported by Maxis

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Malaysia Maxis telco confirmed that it will support 4G LTE 1800MHz spectrum in first 6 months in 2013, and revealed a list of supported 4G smartphones, including iPhone 5.

Maxis launched Malaysia’s first 4G LTE service on January 1st, 2013. However, due to the MCMC license, it is only available at 2600Mhz spectrum. It does not support LTE smartphones that support 1800Mhz spectrum, such as Apple iPhone 5. It disappointed new iPhone 5 owners because 4G LTE support is one of the iPhone 5 features.

In the recent Maxis Get-Together Session, Mark Dioguardi, Maxis Joint Chief Operating Officer, revealed that Maxis will support LTE 1800Mhz in the next 6 months. Meaning, your iPhone 5 can use Maxis 4G network in 2013.

Maxis will support LTE 1800Mhz in the first 6 months in 2013. 

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Maxis Launch Malaysia First 4G LTE Service on January 1st, 2013

Maxis 4G LTE

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Maxis 4G LTE

Maxis 4G, the first “real” 4G LTE service in Malaysia, has officially launched by Maxis Berhad (Maxis) on January 1st, 2013.

Maxis customers will enjoy 4G speed up to 75Mbps, with average speed of 10 to 30Mbps. 4G LTE is about 10x faster than current 3G connection. Your connection will switch to 3G if you are not in 4G LTE coverage area.

SEE ALSO: Maxis 4G LTE is Ready, Not Support iPhone 5

Maxis 4G LTE is now available in selected parts of the Klang Valley including Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Damansara Utama, Desa Sri Hartamas, Bandar Puchong Jaya, Bandar Sunway and Cyberjaya. 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.

Interested customers in 4G LTE coverage area can now walk in to Maxis Centers in KLCC and Taman Tun Dr. Ismail to sign up for the service. Subscribe any of the monthly Maxis Wireless Broadband plans of RM88 and above to get the LTE modem at RM400 to enjoy the super speed.

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Maxis 4G LTE is Ready, Not Support iPhone 5

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Maxis has announced that it is all set to launch Maxis 4G LTE service in Malaysia following the allocation of the 2600 MHz spectrum band for 4G LTE by MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission).

Please note that 2600 MHz spectrum band is not supported by Apple iPhone 5, which will be launched in Malaysia on Dec 14, 2012.

There are so many different LTE bands used in different countries by different telcos. iPhone 5 has 3 variants models to support many LTE bands: 1(2100 MHz) , 3(1800 MHz), 4(AWS), 5(850 MHz), 13(700c MHz), 17(700b MHz), 25(1900 MHz), but Band 7(2600 MHz) is not in the list.

Apple made an iPhone supported LTE networks page to help you to see if iPhone 5 works with LTE networks in your country. Malaysia is not in the list, yet.

Your new Maxis iPhone 5 cannot use Maxis 4G LTE network. It’s ironic. To be fair, none of the Malaysian telcos’ LTE network supported by iPhone 5. They are all using 2600 MHz. Blame MCMC?

We were hoping that MCMC, like what Singapore did, release license for LTE Band 3(1800 MHz) in addition to Band 7(2600 MHz). We are still waiting…

Currently, only Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in Malaysia supports LTE frequency 2600 MHz.

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