4 Reasons Why Webe Broadband Is Disappointing

Why webe broadband is disappointing

Webe broadband quietly launched few days before Christmas 2016. It was the unexpected but welcomed announcement.

Since the launch of Webe Mobile plan on 30 September 2016, the major complaint about the unlimited data postpaid plan is that you have to pay to share (tethering) your line with other devices (RM6 for 2 hours).

It is a deal breaker but a fair business decision, in my opinion.

webe broadband features

“Our new broadband plan differs from our mobile service plan because it is designed for multi-device usage such as through fixed wireless terminal, portable WiFi and tablets”, explained Lau Shu Wei, Chief Marketing Official, webe.

Unlike webe mobile, webe broadband is designed to allow you sharing the broadband service with family and friends (up to 10 devices).

Sounds good, right? Read on to understand the webe broadband plan and why you will disappointing.

Why webe broadband is disappointing

1. Low Data Quota

Webe broadband plan is contract-free. The price is RM59 per month for 10GB data quota. No, that’s not a typo.

You only get 10GB data quota per month, which is 9,999,989GB less than webe mobile postpaid plan (RM79)!

Disappointing? Wait, webe broadband gives additional 20GB free data quota. But, it is only valid until February 2017.

2. Cannot top-up quota

Once you used up the quota, your internet speed will be throttled at 128kbps. No option to buy more quota even if you are willing to pay.

This is scary if you used up quota while you are doing some serious online work. (No, 128kbps is not a workable connection speed.)

3. Limited Webe Broadband Coverage Area

webe broadband coverage area
webe broadband coverage area

Unlike webe mobile with Celcom as its backup network when you are out of webe network coverage area, webe broadband is limited to their own 4G LTE network, which still has limited coverage area.

According to my webe experience in Kluang, Johor, webe 4G LTE network speed test is up to 20Mbps download speed.

4. Worst wireless broadband plan?

Let’s compare similar wireless broadband plans from other Malaysia telcos.

Each telco has different offers at different prices. I pick the plans with a similar price range and quota offer.

Malaysia wireless broadband plans compared
Malaysia wireless broadband plans compared

All wireless broadband plans offer some goodies as long as you stay as a subscriber, except webe broadband. Most of them offer additional data quota for video/music streaming.

At RM60 per month, Yes Broadband 68 offer 16GB internet quota and free on-net calls & SMS.

Digi Broadband 60 (RM60/mth) is the most generous wireless broadband that offers a total of 20GB data plus free streaming for 19 online channels.

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Conclusion

Webe Broadband only offer 10GB data quota per month and only usable in the limited coverage area. Thus, I do not recommend webe broadband.

If only webe broadband keeps the current promotion (total 30GB internet quota per month) after February, then it is worth to consider – provided you live in webe LTE coverage area.

Share your webe experience in the comment below.

Disclosure: I received free Webe mobile subscription for a couple months.

*This is NOT a sponsored post.

Webe 4G+ Network with 300Mbps Download Speed

webe network download speed at 300Mbps

Webe network speed could be up to 300Mbps at the end of 2017.

2 months after webe network available nationwide on 30 September 2016, webe invited media friends to their newly refurbished headquarter (previously P1 HQ) for a webe technology roadmap briefing.

Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Shurish Subbramaniam talks about webe's technology road map for 2017
Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Shurish Subbramaniam talks about webe’s technology road map for 2017

“Mobility networks aren’t just about coverage and speed. It is about how we can optimise the experience for everyone by using data we already know and making smart choices about the type of technology we deploy and where we deploy it,” shared our Chief Technical Officer, Shurish Subbramaniam.

Band 5 and Band 40

Webe is the only mobile network in Malaysia able to deploy on both band 5(FDD 850Mhz) and band 40(TDD 2300MHz).

Other Asia countries with band 5 network are Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, and South Korea. Band 40 network is also available in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka Uzbekistan. (source)

webe technology roadmap
webe technology roadmap

Band 5 with lower frequency improves indoor network penetration. It provides a better signal in buildings. Band 40 has a higher frequency and gives higher data speed.

“We combined these technologies so that users get the best of both user experience and coverage,” said Shurish.

Webe 4G+ 300Mbps network

By 2017, Webe customers will be able to enjoy 4G+ network (165 Mbps), which make possible by 2 Carrier Aggregation (2 CC CA) technology (TDD2300, 20MHz + TDD2300, 10MHz).

webe network download speed at 300Mbps
webe network download speed at 300Mbps

At the event, Webe demonstrated its mobile network speed at 300 Mbps using 3 Carrier Aggregation (3 CC CA)(TD2300, 20MHz + TD2300, 10Mhz + FDD850, 10MHz).

It will be available to the public by the end of 2017. The first five areas to enjoy the super fast mobile network speed are Klang Valley, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching.

Webe will use “smart roll out plan” to identified demanding areas. Meaning, the roll out plan is according to customer’s demand. The more webe data heavy users in an area, the faster the area get a network upgrade.

Phones support Band 5 and Band 40

the ecosystem supports for TDD2300 and 2CC
the ecosystem supports for TDD2300 and 2CC

Driven by the ecosystem in China and India, the 2 most populous countries in the world, webe is confident that more phones will support both Band 5 and Band 40.

Currently, 58% of webe members are using a phone that supports both Band 5 and Band 40.

Sign up webe for RM79/month for unlimited data.