Nov 23rd open dialogue is to set common 4G standard, says Maxis

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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 19): Mobile network provider Maxis Bhd said today that the Nov 23 open dialogue it initiated is aimed at setting a common standard among telecommunications (telco) operators in terms of 4G connectivity, and not to compare each other's network.

"We have sent the invitations out to the other operators and [are] waiting for their response," the group's chief executive officer Morten Lundal told a press conference today upon launching the 24-hour Maxis 4G challenge.

"We just found that everybody is making claims out there recently, based on different parameters; so instead of doing it that way, it would be better to set a common benchmark so that the consumers can make a decision when they compare the connectivity among different service providers," he added.

Maxis had on Nov 10 invited its industry peers Celcom Axiata Sdn Bhd and DiGi.Com Bhd to attend an open dialogue to reveal and discuss their respective 4G definitions and performance statistics, and to discuss adopting common technical standards for 4G.

Meanwhile, Lundal said Maxis' 4G connection now covers 62% of Malaysia's population.

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