Malaysia Maxis telco confirmed that it will support 4G LTE 1800MHz spectrum in first 6 months in 2013, and revealed a list of supported 4G smartphones, including iPhone 5.
Maxis launched Malaysia’s first 4G LTE service on January 1st, 2013. However, due to the MCMC license, it is only available at 2600Mhz spectrum. It does not support LTE smartphones that support 1800Mhz spectrum, such as Apple iPhone 5. It disappointed new iPhone 5 owners because 4G LTE support is one of the iPhone 5 features.
In the recent Maxis Get-Together Session, Mark Dioguardi, Maxis Joint Chief Operating Officer, revealed that Maxis will support LTE 1800Mhz in the next 6 months. Meaning, your iPhone 5 can use Maxis 4G network in 2013.
Maxis will support LTE 1800Mhz in the first 6 months in 2013.
List of LTE Smartphones Supported by Maxis
Mark too exposed a slide showing the list of smartphones supported by Maxis 4G LTE network:
- Android: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE, Samsung Galaxy Note LTE, Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE, Sony Ericsson Xperia V, Motorola Droid RAZR M 4G, Motorola Droid RAZR HD 4G, HTC One XL, HTC Velocity 4G, LG Optimus True HD LTE, Huawei Ascent P1, ASUS PadFone 2
- iOS: Apple iPhone 5
- Windows Phone: Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Titan 4G
Consider this list if you are planning to buy a 4G smartphone in 2013. Please note that the Samsung Galaxy models with “LTE” are upgraded models to support 4G LTE networks. Your Galaxy-No-LTE cannot firmware upgrade to support 4G.
How about other Malaysia telcos
So far we haven’t heard of other Malaysia telcos to support 1800Mhz spectrum. Celcom is showcasing its LTE 2600MHz at Experience Hubs. DiGi has not even made LTE service announcement yet.