So, the long awaited YTL Communications wireless broadband solution had its soft launch tonight. The actual product launch will be on the 19th of November 2010 (barring some major catastrophe or other). Let’s have a quick run through of what little information was released tonight:
We will be three to five times faster than existing 3G networks
That’s good to know. Unfortunately for us, the current theoretical maximum speed of a 3G (not 3.5G) network is 2.4Mbps stationary. Multiply that by 5, and you end up with 12Mbps; which is fast for us poor sods in Malaysia… but in general? No. How about when used in conjunction with the crowd favourite 4G? Maybe if you are on mind-altering drugs… otherwise, no. You should also take into consideration that my calculation of 12Mbps was with the upper ceiling of 5 (times faster than existing 3G networks). The lower limit would then be set at 7.2Mbps…
3G was made to carry voice, when it tries to carry data, it struggles. 4G was made to carry data.
In that case, your “4G network” should be wiping the floor with the 3G network right? Here’s an interesting one… the folks at YTL choose to demo their “4G network” against the Celcom 3G solution… and managed 11Mbps vs 0.89Mbps (CELCOM). Yes, ELEVEN MEGABITS, you read it right. Umm… check this other quote out:
The ITU requires 100 Mbps (mobile) and 1 Gbps (fixed) speeds, among other criteria, to qualify as true 4G.
Unless I fail horribly at reading and require LASIK, I’m pretty certain that 11Mbps < 100Mbps. Don’t know about you guys, but in comparison to what the ITU requires, it sure looks like the YTL “4G network” is struggling like a Somalian kid trying to benchpress the Michelin Man.
With the Yes ID, you will be able to use data, voice and SMS, all on the same network.
I hate to be the one to break it to you… but I’m pretty sure we’ve been doing that since WAP days.
“Your Yes ID and email can be as cool as [email protected]. How cool is that.” — Wing K Lee, CEO YTL Comms
We believe that consumers should only pay for what they use. Just like electricity.
Uh oh… I’ve got a really bad feeling about this. Compare per minute call prices between Hotlink prepaid and Maxis Postpaid not including any promotions/gimmicks… which do you think is cheaper? If you don’t know the answer to this, I’m literally at a loss for words… please stab yourself in the eye with a spoon. The statement above instantly makes me think of:
- expensive rates per usage
- low caps
- high caps will pay through their noses
Sorry kids, I’m a realist. Deal with it. The above scenarios are most likely to occur based on the quote above.
Wing K Lee explains: “You can log on to multiple devices simultaneously. You won’t get logged out, when you log on on another device.”
What happens if I channel bundle 10 devices, and pull attempt to pull 11Mbps per device. Will I get 110Mbps or will your network screech to a halt? Do we even WANT to know what the contention ratio will be like for YTL? On the bright side, it can’t be any worse than the asshats over at Telekom Malaysia.
Yes, apparently 11Mbps is an ACHIEVEMENT. I… I… don’t know why my face is in my palm.
I… palm… face… no… help!!! I swear this guy must have just got out of a time machine from 1990. Wait, maybe he was being sarcastic? Yes, that would make more sense… must be sarcasm… Amazement at such low speeds for 4G which ITU regulations require to be able to carry 100Mbps while mobile. Well, if he wasn’t being sarcastic then maybe it’s the same mind-altering drugs that the guy further up was on… must have been passed around.
IN CONCLUSION!!! I’m really… really… really… disappointed with what I’ve heard (and seen) thus far. No actual figures have been released, so who knows, maybe it’ll be ridiculously cheap to make up for the somewhat yawn inducing speeds. Well, we shall see on the 19th of November… until then!!!