Friday, 7 December 2012

DiGi data growth to be still driven by 3G

KUALA LUMPUR: DiGi.Com Bhd's data growth next year will still be driven by 3G despite the company having recently secured the spectrum for the 4G-Long Term Evolution (LTE) service.

Chief Marketing Officer, Albert Murty, said it would take some time for the service to be launched, as the company needed to review guidelines by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCM) before finalising its going forward business plans.

For now, DiGi will still focus on rolling out its current business plan, mainly for data, along with ongoing effort to accomodate a brand new, LTE-ready network.

This follows the strong growth recorded in the internet segment with more customers shifting to smartphones.

DiGi smartphones users grew by 25 per cent in the third quarter of this year with over 5.6 million active internet users.

"Today we are basically growing both voice and data but in 2013 data would grow a bit faster as more devices and smartphones and more customers adopt the price plan and products that we have."

While DiGi expects a faster growth in data, it also still believes that there will be growth for both voice and data in the Malaysian market based on the different segments, Murty told Bernama today.

Earlier during a media briefing, Murty said data revenue grew eight per cent year-on-year in the third quarter this year, while voice grew about two per cent.

To further boost the internet segment, DiGi is now looking to expand 3G network outside Klang Valley to main towns like Penang, Johor Baru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

DiGi will also set aside RM30 million to upgrade and build new retail outlets in 2013.

Currently, there are 22 DiGi Stores nationwide and by end 2013, there will be 25 to 30 DiGi Stores as well as 120 to 150 DiGi Store Express.

Besides DiGi, seven other telecommunication companies are also sharing the 2,600 Megahertz, with Puncak Semangat Sendirian Bhd said to have secured the largest portion of the spectrum.

The rest, namely Celcom Axiata, Maxis, Packet One, REDTone, U-mobile and DiGi were reported to have secured 20MHz each, paving the way for Malaysians to enjoy fourth generation services which could offer mobile broadband speeds in
excess of 100 Mbps.--BERNAMA

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