As Malaysia moves towards 5G, Malaysian telcos are now running tests to prepare their 5G networks to the masses. The tests are being done ahead of the 5G Malaysia Showcase, happening on 20 and 21 April 2019 in Putrajaya, to prove that it's possible to hit wireless Internet speeds of up to 5Gbps.
Not only is it a test of how fast 5G can be, the telcos are required to prove consistency through low latency and the ability to work alongside each other without causing signal interference.
The telcos include Celcom, Digi, Maxis and U Mobile. During the tests, the telcos had booths that showed the equipment set up. This is also to test realistic 5G speeds on different spectrums without clashing with each other.
Maxis had been the most successful so far, reaching 4.5-4.8Gbps consistently. Digi was able to hit 1.6Gbps and UMobile reached 1.4Gbps. Celcom did not reveal their speed.
Even if hitting 1Gbps and above seems unnoteworthy, it's important to note the highest speed offered by most telcos now is 100Mbps, making 5G about 40 times faster.
The challenge most telcos are facing is converting 5G into a WiFi signal, as the technology currently is only able to provide speeds of up to 500-700mbps.
More will be revealed during the 5G Malaysia Showcase.