Thursday, August 14, 2014

Altel

Sim kad Altel



Saya rasa sudah ramai dari kita yang mengetahui tentang kewujudan Altel iaitu salah satu telco di Malaysia. Altel merupakan MVNO iaitu Mobile Virtual Network Operator dan menggunakan sistem telekomunikasi Celcom. Diberitakan bahawa Altel akan mempunyai tower telekomunikasi mereka sendiri di masa hadapan. 

Saya sudah seminggu menggunakan Altel dimana saya melakukan MNP dari nombor Umobile 018 saya ke Altel. Setakat ini line Altel saya sentiasa Full Bar. Saya gunakan simkad Altel di telefon bimbit Nokia saya yang merupakan kategori Feature Phone dan setakat ini kawasan liputan yang saya lalui hanya di lembah klang sahaja. Altel dikatakan mempunyai kelajuan internet yang bagus. Saya masih belum menggunakan line mobile internet Altel tapi beberapa orang kenalan saya yang menggunakan Altel mengakui kelajuan Altel cuma kata mereka apabila kuota MB habis akan terus ke pay per use. Itu rungutan mereka dan mereka lebih gemarkan speed throttle dari pay per use. 

Apa-apa pun setakat ini tiada lagi masalah Altel kecuali diluar bandar agak sukar reload prepaid. Apa-apa maklumat terkini boleh rujuk terus laman web altel di sini

Berita dibawah menunjukkan bahawa Altel mempunyai perancangan untuk menjadi Full Telco dan mempunyai tower telekomunikasi sendiri. Berita diambil dari laman web NST.

ALTEL Communications Sdn Bhd, which plans to spend RM1 billion on network infrastructure over five years, has teamed up with Huawei Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd for the rolling-out of its own super-fast fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband services. 
Altel is currently operating on the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) model via a partnership with Celcom Axiata Bhd. The two telcos have pooled their blocks of 2.6-gigahertz spectrums to operate a wireless business using Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technologies. Altel expects to become a full-fledged telco once it has put in place its own infrastructure network for 4G  services.
    "As a MVNO, our LTE services are ready and we expect to launch our LTE prepaid products soon and LTE postpaid by year-end.
   "This collaboration with Huawei is to enable Altel to achieve full telco status and offer its own LTE services," the company said when contacted by Business Times yesterday.

The company, however, declined to disclose the contract value and its shareholding percentage. Meanwhile, its chief executive officer Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Yaacob said the extendable three-year contract is for the installation and commissioning of infrastructure for Altel's 4G services. He said Huawei was chosen as its technology partner in delivering the platform alongside Celcom. The partnership will see Huawei provide wireless, core, transport as well as billing services to Altel.
Huawei would also provide consultation services to help the company develop new competitive mobile services, including mobile virtual network, said Nik Abdul Aziz.
     "We understand that rolling out 4G network is not an overnight task. As such, we will be building our own radio network and leveraging on Celcom's network, as well as continuously investing over the next five years," he added.

Altel, which launched its maiden prepaid product in September last year, is a subsidiary of Altel Holdings Sdn Bhd, which in turn is a unit of the Albukhary group of companies.

Formerly known as Puncak Semangat Technology Sdn Bhd, Altel was among the eight companies that were awarded the LTE 2.6-gigahertz spectrum by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission last year.

The company plans to own mobile core network and business operations support systems by building 500 LTE radio-base stations in the first year and 2,100 in the next two to three years.

Altel,  which has 20,000 registered subscribers nationwide, has set up 10 exclusive stores within the Klang Valley, Johor, Penang and Kedah, as well as appointed more than 2,500 authorised dealers and 32 distributors nationwide.

Meanwhile, Huawei, through China-based parent company Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, has launched 118 commercial LTE networks and signed more than 280 LTE contracts globally.



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