It has been more than a year since the government announced its plan to shut down the 3G network within its network National digital network (JENDELA) plan. The move aims to improve the quality and performance of the country’s 4G network.
While the government and industry are working to complete the 3G sunset process by the end of 2021, telecommunications companies have so far not publicly announced when and where exactly they will stop within the set timeframe. That is not the case with Maxis however, who actually posted a detailed timeline of the sunset process on his website:
Given that the story of the existence of the schedule is quite intriguing. According to MalaysianWireless who first discovered it, Maxis mentioned the schedule on his Facebook page yesterday, but somehow decided to download it a few hours later.
Furthermore, the site also noted that the full sunset schedule was revealed quite deeply on Maxis ’website. We agree that such important information would be expected to be more visible to users instead of them needing to explore the website more deeply.
According to the third quarterly report of JENDELA [pdf], more than 900,000 users have migrated to 4G, while close to 40,000 3G operators have been shut down by the end of May 2021. We expect the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to provide further updates regarding next year’s 3G sunset process. the release of JENDEL’s quarterly report to be released later this month.
(Source: Maxis via MalaysianWireless. Image: lemoncat1 / Flickr.)