Performance of Malaysia’s 5G Network

  • Significant increase in data consumption on the 5G network compared to earlier networks
  • 5G download speeds averaging nearly 650Mbps  
  • Coverage expected in eight major locations (other than parts of Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and Kuala Lumpur) by end-2022 onwards 
  • The network is resilient, with round-the-clock monitoring by state-of-the-art DNB 5G Network Operations Centre (NOC) 

Malaysia’s 5G network is seeing significant mobile data consumption (average 100GB per user) as of January 2022.  

By contrast, an Opensignal report noted Malaysian mobile data consumption (on earlier generation, non-5G networks in Malaysia) for January 2021 came up to 26.4GB per user. This represents a nearly fourfold increase in data consumption on the 5G network compared to previous existing networks.   

Meanwhile, download speeds are averaging 646.25Mbps compared to the 4G average of 30.40Mbps (Average download speeds are updated weekly on the DNB website).  

Ultrafast 5G speeds allow users to enjoy greatly improved digital experiences including low latency online video gaming, streaming of 4K video, and much shorter download times. 

The 5G network has also shown a threefold increase in registered users over a recent three-week period (16th January – 5th February).  

“The 5G network has performed beyond expectations and we are confident in the network’s ability to continue supporting DNB’s commitment of a minimum 100Mbps download speed across the network,” said Ken Tan, Chief Technology Officer of Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB).  

Wing K Lee, CEO of YTL Communications said, “As the first to offer 5G in Malaysia, response to 5G has been very encouraging as customers are experiencing excellent speeds and low latency. We are working with major manufacturers to bring more 5G devices into the market at affordable prices. Together with our various initiatives, such as our #FirstToDiscover5G Campaign which offers a FREE YES FT5G Prepaid Discover SIM Pack, more Malaysians will be able to enjoy the power of 5G as DNB continues to expand the 5G network across the country.” 

The network is resilient, performing as expected, and managed by the state-of-the-art DNB 5G Network Operations Centre (NOC). The DNB 5G NOC will monitor, maintain, and manage network faults, security, and performance KPIs, while leveraging the Ericsson Operations Engine. 

More 5G in 2022 

DNB will ramp up 5G coverage this year and is expected to cover 37.9% of populated areas by the end of 2022.  

This includes parts of Johor, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, and Perak.  

“We would like to thank the various federal, state, and local authorities and government agencies that are working with DNB to expedite the 5G rollout. They are helping us stay on track for our 5G coverage target of 37.9% of populated areas by the end of 2022,” Tan said. 

An eco-friendly standard  

DNB’s ultra-lean design of the 5G network makes it approximately 15% more energy efficient compared to earlier cellular standards, including 4G LTE. 

In fact, by leveraging the Third Generation Partnership Project’s New Radio (NR) standards, it is now possible to optimise energy usage to such an extent that a combined 2G, 3G, 4G, and full 5G network deployment would consume less total energy than a corresponding network without 5G.  

Source: Digital Nasional Berhad

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