WCC whitepaper reviews mobile broadband performance in Malaysia

11th August 2017 – WCC had published a whitepaper to elucidate the performance of mobile broadband (MBB) services in Malaysia. Study had been conducted in Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak, encompassing outdoor and indoor scenarios for urban, suburban and rural areas. The study revealed sound 4G wireless network services in the Klang Valley region, despite indicators showing that the networks are becoming more congested. On the other hand, operators’ services in east Malaysia that include Sabah and Sarawak requires critical upgrade.

The performance trials had used Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphones and had tested major service operators in Malaysia pertaining to web browsing and video streaming. The whitepaper then reveals that Malaysia may need an additional 307 MHz spectrum band to satisfy forecasted digital communication traffic by 2020. Current provision however, could only permits another 130 MHz spectrum usage, leading to spectrum gap of about 177 MHz. The study proposed government incentives to increase deployment of 4G network cells through partnership between the private and public sectors. Operators are also encouraged to explore the unlicensed frequency band of 5 GHz on top of licensed spectrum to provide improved operation through carrier aggregation exercise. In depth reviews can be examined from the whitepaper analysis, which is publicly accessible and downloadable from WCC website.

   Prof. Tharek (leftmost) accompanied by WCC researchers, illuminating the study results of mobile broadband user experiences in Malaysia at the Huawei Media Roundtable