Right now, Yes is the only company that is offering 5G to all users in Malaysia. But more telcos are joining the market soon, with Celcom finally starting their 5G trials. Hopefully, it won’t be long before all Malaysians get to enjoy 5G throughout the country.
In a news report by The Star, selected Celcom users living in Selangor, KL, Johor Bahru and Penang get to participate in what Celcom dubs a Friendly User Trial (FUT) of the 5G network.
According to Celcom, participants in the trial will get an SMS notification letting them know when they get to try 5G.
Users should instantly receive access to 5G services and see the 5G indicator in the status bar on the top right of their phone displays after receiving the message, but they should be aware that coverage is currently only available in a few locations.
If you receive the SMS, but still can’t access 5G, make sure you are living in one the places below:
- Mont Kiara
- Chow Kit
- Kuchai Lama
- Bukit Jalil
- Johor Bahru
If you are living in one of these places, but still can’t access 5G, make your device is currently supported by Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB). DNB currently supports 12 smartphone brands. You can check here for the list of supported devices.
If you still can’t get 5G on your devices, Celcom says you should check the mobile network settings and make sure to select the “5G/LTE/3G/2G (Auto Connect)” option. If that fails, you can file a complaint.
Up until further notice, all 5G data consumption during the trial period will be free and will not count against any current data plan quotas. Celcom didn’t say when the trials were going to end, and they are also conducting FUT in 15 countries. But you have to get the Celcom Passport plan if you want to use 5G roaming service.
The list of countries and telcos where 5G is available is as follows:
- Singapore – Singtel
- Thailand – AIS & TRUE
- Taiwan – Chunghwa
- Vietnam – Viettel
- United Arab Emirates – Etisalat
- Qatar – Vodafone Qatar
- Bahrain – Zain
- Finland – Elisa
- Oman – Oman Mobile
- Belgium – Proximus
- Korea – SK Telecom
- Luxembourg – Proximus
- Canada – Telus
- Philippines – Globe
- Brunei – DST
Celcom said they will be adding more countries in the future. For more information about Celcom’s FUT, you can read their FAQ.