The mobile operator industry in Malaysia is in flux. Goh Thean Eu crunches the numbers to see if there can be some clarity on who is going to emerge the winner amongst the Big 3.
DiGi.Com Bhd will be investing up to RM900 million (US$275 million) in capital expenditure (capex) this year, the bulk of which will be used to widen its third generation (3G) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) network coverage.
Celcom Axiata Bhd, a wholly-owned unit of Axiata Group Bhd, expects 2014 to be the ‘Year of Battles’ for mobile operators, according to its chief executive officer Shazalli Ramly.
The priorities for Asian mobile service providers (MSPs) in 2014 should include a comprehensive review of their service portfolios, the re-evaluation of what works and what doesn’t, and the introduction of new innovative services that will shore up their top- and bottom-lines, according to Frost & Sullivan.
U Mobile has officially announced the availability of its LTE or 4G service, offering customers high-speed mobile Internet of up to 75 megabits per second (Mbps) for prepaid, postpaid and broadband plan customers.
Nokia Solutions and Netowrks (NSN) confident it can grow its market share in today’s highly competitive wireless infrastructure landscape, especially since it reengineered itself to be much more focused on the mobile broadband business in the past two years, according to its top regional executive.
The number of 4G-LTE (Fourth Generation-Long Term Evolution) connections worldwide is forecast to pass one billion by 2017, according to a new study by GSMA Intelligence, matching an earlier forecast by Ericsson.
Maxis Berhad said revenue grew 3% in the first nine months ended Sept 30 this year compared with the same period in 2012, to RM6.86 billion on the back of contributions from all business segments, but largely driven by higher mobile Internet and data usage which recorded an increase of 14.6%.
DiGi said it has completed its network modernisation exercise and reported third quarter revenue was up 7.4% to RM1.7 billion compared with the same quarter in 2012.
Maxis and Spotify have announced a partnership in which prepaid and postpaid Maxis customers now have access to the Spotify Premium service, along with 150MB of Internet data to access Spotify’s catalogue of over 20 million tracks, for RM10 (US$3.18) per month.