A recent IDC study has revealed that the YES 4G network and its services are one of the most advanced in the world. IDC added that the YES 4G’s WIMAX-based network is perfectly designed to meet the demanding explosion in mobile data usage, and is a model wireless network for the future. The study looked at the current state of mobile communications in Malaysia.
“IDC’s findings bring credence to what we have been saying all along. YES is the most advanced 4G network in the world and Malaysians should be proud of this fact. With the YES network, Malaysia has become a model country for how mobile networks of the future should be engineered and built. This is truly amazing considering that it has only been a year since we began commercial operations in November 2011,” said Wing K. Lee, Chief Executive Officer, YTL Communications.
The IDC study also looked into two rival 4G technologies in the country – LTE and WiMAX. While LTE would be a strong competitor to WiMAX in the future, it is doubtful that future LTE operators in Malaysia would deploy their networks in a similar manner to YES’ unified communications approach, for fear of cannibalising 3G voice cash flows.
IDC’s found that YES 4G’s average download and upload speeds surpasses all other major mobile operators including its 4G rival, P1. YES 4G service offers what IDC considers as true mobile broadband bandwidth (more than 1Mbps downlink most of the time) with consistent coverage. UC (unified communications) experience with video calling in a mobile environment can only be achieved with throughput like on the YES 4G network, a feat virtually impossible with 3G today. The only technologies that can compete with 802.16e in terms of performance would be HSPA+ and LTE. LTE will not come into the picture until 2013 in Malaysia.
In conclusion, IDC believes that YTL, the new boy in town, is an excellent example of innovation that 4G operators (LTE and WiMAX) will need in order to survive the challenge of today’s and the future’s exploding traffic usage, broadband + social networking + video demands.