Unlike the networks of Celcom and Maxis, which are based on 3G/3.5G standard, Packet One’s network runs on the newer WiMAX technology.
3.5G has a peak downlink speed of 14.4Mbit/s and peak uplink speed of 5.76Mbit/s. WiMAX, on the other hand, has a theoretical speed of 70Mbit/s for both downlink and uplink. But don’t get too excited. Actual speed depends on distance from the base station as well as total number of users.
For now, price of the WiMAX modems could be the biggest barrier. Packet One sells them at RM999 each. (But they are given away free if you subscribe for 2 years.) They are also bulky. If you are a road warrior, you probably won’t like them.
Will WiMAX be a threat to 3G/3.5G? WiMAX’s proponents claim that this technology is cheaper to implement. However, 3G operators in
Whatever the scenario will be, competition is good for consumers. Exciting time is ahead!