Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) has refuted claims made by Maxis Twitter that national 5G coverage is only available in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. The green telecom company replied to several users that the project to roll out 5G is still ongoing and 5G is currently only available in Cyberjaya and Putrajaya.
Launched in December 2021, the fifth generation (5G) national network is currently only available in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, according to Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB).
We are working closely with DNB to bring 5G to our customers. TQ iris
— Maxis (@MaxisListens) December 14, 2022
In a statement issued to us, DNB said Maxis made certain erroneous statements on its Twitter handle on December 14, 2022. It clarified that the 5G network currently covers almost all of Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Selangor and significant parts of Penang , Johor and Negeri Sembilan. The network also covers some parts of Malacca, Perak, Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak. Users are urged to check the current 5G coverage map for the latest information.
DNB claims to have 38.7% nationwide 5G population coverage as of November 30 and is confident of exceeding 40% 5G population coverage by December 31, 2022. Based on coverage breakdown, 5G network covers over 96% of populated areas in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya and 84% in Selangor. The 5G Single Wholesale Network also recently turned on 5G in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching in East Malaysia.
Currently only 5 telecom companies offer 5G services – Celcom, Digi, Telekom Malaysia, U Mobile and YTL Communications. Maxis cannot yet offer commercial 5G services pending shareholder approval before executing the 5G access agreement with DNB. They are expected to finalize the access agreement by January 2023.
iPhone users in Malaysia can finally get 5G on their phones after getting the iOS 16.2 update. However, the 5G switchover settings will only be visible to Celcom, Digi and U Mobile users. Unifi Mobile and Yes 5G customers cannot access 5G through iPhone because the two telcos are not Apple’s partner telcos.