Malaysia’s main telco, DiGi, has just announced that it has made LTE available for its newly refreshed line-up of DG SmartPlan. To start using it, customers would have to get themselves a new USIM card.
DiGi’s 4G LTE network is only available in Klang Valley, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu.
The announcement read:
LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution”, it is a standard for wireless communication of high speed data for phones and data terminals. In general, 4G LTE is about 10x faster than the standard 3G network. Theoretically, 4G LTE can go up to 150Mbps however actual speed may result in the range of 5 – 20Mbps. This is largely dependent on factors such as network conditions, coverage and device used.
According to the LTE section of DiGi’s official website, there are three general requirements before DiGi customers are able to utilize LTE on their smartphone. They are:
1. Use a device with LTE support
2. Have your USIM in the device
3. Be within DiGi’s LTE coverage area
According to Malaysia website Lowyat, DiGi is still working to deliver LTE connectivity to DG SmartPlan customers that subscribed to the service before 25 February 2014. Hence, there is a possiblity that some long-time DiGi customers that is still on the older DG SmartPlan might not able to utilize LTE right away despite owning both LTE-enabled smartphone and USIM card.
Some of DiGi’s recognized “4G LTE Ready Device” include iPhone 5S, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, BlackBerry Z10, Huawei Ascend P1 LTE, Sony Xperia Z and many more.