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March 12, 2011

Penang roadtrip with YES 4G


A bunch of bloggers were invited to join YES 4G team as we head off to Penang to try out the YES 4G service, especially their claim on the uninterrupted mobile broadband coverage even at 120 km/h. Stay tuned and follow #YESPenang for updates !

Waiting to be briefed

Waiting to be briefed

Starting off the morning, Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, Managing Director briefs the participants on the story behind YES 4G.

  • Facetime was used as an example to how important a network is especially with data intensive apps/services
  • The real acid test of a mobile network, mobile video conferencing ala Facetime
  • “Mr Steve Jobs, YES 4G has fulfilled your Facetime dream!”
  • Mobile internet is here like it or not, surfers are waiting for the big waves
  • YES4G will be introducing new Android devices which will support Facetime like support for video conferencing with up to 3 people
Francis

Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, Managing Director

Wing Lee,CEO of YTL Communications takes the stage and relates to how blogging has changed from mere texting to full multimedia.

  • 30 – the mobile broadband penetration rate in Malaysia
  • 26 – the average age group of mobile broadband users in Malaysia
  • The demand is much higher than the what the supply is
  • The need now is continuous internet without having the need to be at home or office
  • The internet is not meant to be run off a sim card

Wing Lee,CEO of YTL Communications

Wing Lee,CEO of YTL Communications

 

Showcasing FaceTime with YES 4G network

Showcasing FaceTime with YES 4G network

  • Most of us spend time online waiting for videos to buffer
  • A demo of a Youtube streaming a 1080p video without any lag or waiting time
  • Demo of FaceTime without any lag on YES 4G. Network definitely makes a huge difference and makes it a much more satisfying experience
  • In the 108 days since its launch YES4G has 1 MILLION voice minutes, 670 000 SMSes, 104 TB of data and still counting!!!
  • 81% satisfaction rate with current subscribers
  • Like any other utility such as electricity and water, the internet should be a liberty to all
  • If we have 20 million people on the YES 4G network, we’ll do a Groupon and give you even more discounts,says Tan Sri.
  • The proof of the pudding is eating it so all of us are going to experience the power of YES 4G all the way to Penang
  • All of us gets a YES 4G huddle to bring home and play with
The YES huddle

The YES huddle

YES Zoom

YES Zoom

YES Zoom

YES Zoom

We left Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur at approximately 11:00 am. There are 3 Toyota Alphards and the YES Sprinter that will be taking us to Penang using the North South Expressway (PLUS).

The pimped out sprinter

The pimped out sprinter

Testing out the 4G claim on the highway later

Testing out the 4G claim on the highway later

The first order of business after getting in the van was to unbox and setup the huddle. It is a fairly simple process.

  1. Unbox the unit and ensure you put in the provided battery. I’m stressing this because someone spent a good 5-10 mins trying to figure out why his huddle wasn’t working without realising that he did not put the battery in !!
  2. Turn the unit on by holding on the power switch 2-3 seconds
  3. Connect to the unit via the notebook ant login to the ip http://192.168.1.1 to configure the user name login/password
  4. Setup the wifi with a passphrase if you want to
  5. The unit will power off after saving the settings
  6. Turn it back on and voila you’ll be now connected to YES 4G
The huddle serving 4 people now with a max of 5

The huddle serving 4 people now with a max of 5

Along the way we got to test out the YES 4G service and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. There were certain areas where there was no phone signal at all and yet the YES 4G was happily speeding along.

Speedtest #1

Speedtest #1

Speedtest #2

Speedtest #2

The first stop was Bidor where we had lunch. Most of us were not used to looking at the laptop/computer while in the car and was all woozy after the trip. We had lunch at a banana leaf rice shop in Bidor.

Now with the YES huddle we were connected all the time even throughout lunch and friends knowing we were in Bidor asked us to try the famous duck noodles. Since we were already having lunch, the thought of having it was out of the question definitely. That is until some of the kind people from the YES team walked into the banana leaf rice shop with packets of duck noodles and so began our food adventures !

 

 

Some just drowned it in the soup

Some just drowned it in the soup

Some dipped the noodles in

Some dipped the noodles in

After lunch we made our way to Tapah via the old trunk roads. Once again we put the YES 4G to the test but sadly this time around there wasn’t a stable connection. Neither did we have any mobile 2G/3G coverage, to be fair we were surrounded by oil palm plantations. As soon as we reach the Tapah toll we once again had full 4G coverage and continued on with our tests.

 

Speedtest #3

Speedtest #3

I was definitely impressed with some of the speeds we were getting. At certain spots the service was amazingly fast. Remember we were traveling along the North South Expressway (PLUS) in a vehicle ! I even tried my luck at loading the trailer for The Last Airbender on Youtube at 1080p  and it managed to stream without lags. It was amazing !

We passed by Ipoh to stop by and have even more foodie adventures. First stop was at the Famous Aun Kheng Lim salted chicken.

 

Attraversiamo

Attraversiamo

Making up the majority of the queue

Making up the majority of the queue

Chicken in their wrappings

Chicken in their wrappings

Packing it up

Packing it up

Waiting to be bought

Waiting to be bought

The drivethru

The drivethru

Next up was some famous Ipoh soya bean and tau fu fah

 

There was already a queue when we got there

There was already a queue when we got there

It was really good

It was really good

Seriously good

Seriously good

As we left Ipoh and made our way towards Penang it started to rain, heavily ! I wanted to know if the service would be disrupted because of that so I did another speedtest. I’m happy to say that I definitely could get used to such speeds, especially on the go.

 

Speedtest #4

Speedtest #4

Speedtest #5

Speedtest #5

After playing around with the YES huddle and YES Zoom for a couple of hours, it became apparent that there were certain spots along highway where there blind spots and there wasn’t any coverage at all. This was generally along hilly areas but other than that it has been a pleasant experience and the speeds were pretty good. On average we were getting 3-4 Mbps, with a maximum of 11+ Mbps. Now that I’m used to such amazing speeds I don’t know how I’m gonna go back to surfing the net on anything slower than that. YES 4G you have spoilt us !!

 

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