True Review on Top 5 Malaysian Wireless Broadband Provider

top5 malaysian wireless broadband review

I’ve written about the Dissatisfaction I have about Malaysian Broadband quite a while ago. It is time to update that to the new experience about the leading Wireless Internet Providers. More inevitable truth you need to know. This topic will eventually help you decide to subscribe to a wireless broadband provider. Definitely, Broadband at Malaysia seriously need to improve their quality of service and speed.

Now, here we are.. right down to the business

1. Celcom 3G

Good Things:

  • 3.5G speed on advanced packages (3.2mbps only)
  • Great Coverage around Malaysia. Tried the service at some Islands, Mountains and Rural Areas
  • Download Speed is fairly “OK” around city areas, the advanced package performs quite well.

Bad Things:

  • Uses one IP for all 3G modems
  • Doesn’t work well in high floors. Example would be 14th floor and higher.
  • Frequent switch between 3G and GPRS networks. It makes unwanted sign out from various Instant messenger programs.
  • High latency
  • 5GB Download limit restriction. After you pass the 5GB limit your speed will downgrade dramatically
  • Still need to pay more down payment if you are foreigner or expat
  • Almost impossible to download any Torrents or P2P, Tested using Blue Cube Modem only. Please share your own experience if it is different.

Speed:

  • Download speed is 60KB to 150KB which also varies on network availability and locations

Price:
In a range of RM78 – RM99 monthly (Subscription and down payment not included). Check Celcom Broadband website about their latest packages. Don’t forget to read the Fair Usage Policy.

Who should subscribe this?
This is a great option if you travel around Malaysia quite a lot and you want to keep your internet on the go. If all you do are checking email and browsing facebook. Then you should get this.

2. Digi Broadband

Good things:

  • Fastest 3.5G broadband so far (Tested with advanced package). Download and Upload speeds are way faster than any other networks
  • Currently Petaling Jaya is fully covered under the network and provides maximum speed around there.
  • P2P and torrent downloads are allowed

Bad things:

  • They will continue to charge you even if you even stop using the line, the unused bill can reach rm1500 easily
  • Less coverage area. They are expanding as we speak. It switch to EDGE networks when 3G is not available and that can be really really slow.
  • Download limit at 10GB to 30GB depending on the size of the package.
  • Still need to pay more down payment if you are foreigner or expat or you need to have a credit card.

Speed:

  • Download speed is 70KB to 500KB, upload speed from 90KB – 250KB

Price:
In a range of RM58 – RM188 monthly (Subscription and down payment not included). Check Digi website about their latest packages. Here is their fair usage policy.

Who should subscribe this?
Ask yourself, are you a regular downloader? a developer? spend so much time on the internet? social media junkie? If it is “yes” then this is for you. DO NOT Subscribe if you travel frequently. You will end up paying mass damage.

3. Maxis 3G Broadband

Good things:

Bad things:

  • Both download and upload speed is relatively slower than Celcom
  • P2P download blocked, so torrent downloads not allowed
  • Download limit and restriction, if not mistaken it is 1.5GB for the smallest package and 12GB max for the higher packages
  • You need to pay more down payment if you are an expatriate

Speed:

  • Download speed is 30KB to 170KB which also varies on network availability and locations

Price:
In a range of RM58 – RM178 monthly (Subscription and down payment not included). Check Maxis website about their latest packages. Also never forget to read their usage policy (PDF).

Who should subscribe this?
If all you do is checking email then you might want this. Advanced package only able to browse social media sites effectively.

4. P1 WiMAX

Good things:

  • Stable speed with the Pro Package
  • Desktop modem and laptop modem options
  • Less latency or delay
  • P2P and torrent downloads allowed

Bad things:

  • Download Limit on all home packages from 5GB – 40GB
  • Doesn’t play well with rough weather
  • Only Pro Package works quite well
  • Less coverage area for now, if no coverage; it is not usable at all

Speed:

  • From 50KB – 350KB download speed. Upload speed unknown for now.

Price:
In a range of RM49 – RM199 monthly (Subscription and down payment not included). Check p1 website about their latest packages. Also check Coverage area.

Who should subscribe this?
If you are a regular downloader, developer, social media junkie, then this is for you.

5. iZZi Broadband

Good things:

  • Stable line with iZZiPro desktop terminal
  • Desktop modem and laptop modem options
  • Less latency or delay (depending on the location)
  • P2P and torrent downloads allowed
  • No download limit (For now)

Bad things:

  • Need to pay the entire amount upfront
  • Consistency of the service get interrupted time to time
  • Speed is not promising
  • Doesn’t play well with rough weather
  • Less coverage
  • Overall performance is not satisfactory

Speed:

  • Download speed from 70KB to 170KB, upload speed is 25KB to 55KB

Price:
In a range of RM890 – RM1690 yearly (Subscription and down payment not included). Check iZzi website about their latest packages. Also check Coverage area.

Who should subscribe this?
If you are a regular downloader, developer, social media junkie, then this is for you.
Well there you have it. I would love to know your experience about these Providers as well. Please feel free to share your comments, ratings and thoughts.

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  • http://www.liewcf.com/ LiewCF

    I don’t see “Advance” nor “Extreme” package on DiGi broadband package list. Is it still available? 

  • aaron

    heard that P1 is heading to LTE direction…means more stable and faster speeds.

  • Anonymous

    new competitiors are upcoming in this broadband war. Hopefully the price will be competitive enough? P1 seems to be the best choice for now though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000325445198 Muhammad Shafiq Mohd Sohairi

    Why Fiber Optics would ‘never’ loss their Internet Connection Speed?

    Because they have internal refraction. These mean the current flowing would be refracted till the outcome (till the end of the wire). So if you are using Fiber Optics, please use them with higher value of refractive index…This should make you smile while browsing internet.. Not like the other comments before (below)

  • http://twitter.com/aoibhealfae Syira Sharif

     I’m using Celcom Broadband with 5gb limit since more than a year ago. It works VERY well on 16th floor and 21th floor but I use it in KL where connection is often HSDPA or WCDMA. It works even in moving LRT which is an achievement by itself. I could use bittorrent with no problem except that you could reach limit very easily by that. Cons : I accidentally bend it at the usb, its still working but its very sensitive to touch now. Bloody 5gig, I often left it on when I sleep and it still keep tabs on it even though I did use any, this also includes where there’s no website loading but there’s some connection. Its literally suck at low building such as my house in PJ, my house in kuantan (often GPRS). It often disconnects and reconnects and the speed downgrade pretty fast after 5gb limit even when you are actually using lesser than that (the thing that keep tracks all your usage is sadly misleading, it often cut my line whenever I’m nearing 4gb . The sharing IP sucks but I compensate it with torrent.. It works even in moving LRT which is an achievement by itself. I could use bittorrent with no problem except that you could reach limit very easily by that. Cons : I accidentally bend it at the usb, its still working but its very sensitive to touch now. Bloody 5gig, I often left it on when I sleep and it still keep tabs on it even though I did use any, this also includes where there’s no website loading but there’s some connection. Its literally suck at low building such as my house in PJ, my house in kuantan (often GPRS). It often disconnects and reconnects and the speed downgrade pretty fast after 5gb limit even when you are actually using lesser than that (the thing that keep tracks all your usage is sadly misleading, it often cut my line whenever I’m nearing 4gb . The sharing IP sucks but I compensate it with torrent.

  • ay

    Hi, I’m currently staying in 18th floor and was just wondering if you have inputs for all broadband about this. You stated Celcom is no good for high floors, have you tried with others? Thx a lot.

  • tee

    any review on unifi? ya quite true bout celcom broadband… i stayed in a condominium on 5th floor and the line is super slow… worse of all loading yahoo page take years… digi is fairly better

  • Millad

    I had izzi for around 2 years I was pleased, but at the end almost I didnt have internet and the customer service wasn’t responsible for that so I switched to unifi. This one has its own pros and cons, how ever there are more cons and pros…. I have been using this for around a month and totally I didn’t have internet for 1week but no ones answer me to calculate the bill again for me.
    Anyway, thank you for this article

  • 5za

    hi, i’ve recently arrived in malaysia from saudi arabia for education n im havign serious problems with internet. I bought maxis thinking it was ‘unlimited’ but i guess you already know what they mean by unlimited.
    anyhoo im thinking of buying again and im not too sure what to pick. i need internet majorly for downloads! i was thinking p1 (since i dnt have a phone line n they seem to hve the highest quota of 30gb.)
    so is p1 gna b good choice or will i be sinking my money in all over again?!

    • http://www.ruhanirabin.com/ Ruhani Rabin

      Hi, P1 is quite alright and yes they have larger quota.. Do not get tricked by the “Unlimited” word.. It is fake by all means

      1. Check signal coverage of P1 in your area
      2. If they have full coverage then subscribe to them
      3. Monitor your downloads and download what only you require

      Hope this helps.

      If you are a heavy downloader, I would recommend you to get a wired internet such as Unify (most powerful so far) or Streamyx .. at least consistent connection without limitations

      • 5za

        i know but that’s my major problem! i dont have telephone line in my hostel!!
        i live in subang n i think they have good coverage here. so nyways thanks a lot!

      • 5za

        i know but that’s my major problem! i dont have telephone line in my hostel!!
        i live in subang n i think they have good coverage here. so nyways thanks a lot!

  • bluecrystaldude

    Very informative as always. Cheers!

  • http://curiouscat.wordpress.com/ John Hunter

    Thanks for the post, I may need to make plans for getting broadband.

  • http://www.ruhanirabin.com/ Ruhani Rabin

    Thanks bro! That means a lot!

  • http://shamhardy.com/ Sham Hardy

    this is seriously what every Malaysians should know.. thanks Ruhani! :D

    • http://www.ruhanirabin.com/ Ruhani Rabin

      Thanks bro! That means a lot!

  • http://twitter.com/ShaolinTiger ShaolinTiger

    That's a limitation of EDGE technology, DiGi can't change that.

    If you are connected via 3G/3.5G you can make and receive calls, but you CANNOT with EDGE.

    But yah I find DiGi EDGE faster than Maxis 3G as well. Why not just get proper DiGi broadband with USB dongle then no need to worry about calls?

  • http://www.ruhanirabin.com/ Ruhani Rabin

    Spot on Mate… Yes you are exactly right .. Celcom CS is so bad they don't even know what I am talking about LOL! Anyway this topic more in the light of Technical details as you said. Thanks for dropping by! =)

  • http://twitter.com/ShaolinTiger ShaolinTiger

    For purely technical reasons I agree with your assessment, but if you take in to consideration things like customer service then Celcom rating goes down drastically.

  • http://www.ruhanirabin.com/ Ruhani Rabin

    Haven't had the chance to test it yet …

  • anuarmanshor

    How about Unifi?

  • http://www.ruhanirabin.com/ Ruhani Rabin

    I know about U-Mobile and yes I've used it too! It didn't make it to the top
    5 due to the limitations of the coverage area.. but thank you so much for
    the information you've provided.. it works ok on PJ/KL.

  • Gala

    Your reviews are good, but your are missing one more – U-Mobile broadband. Knowing your title being the “Top 5″, it's your choice to ignore.

    I'm one of the U-Mobile user, positive comment, speed average to good…. Monthly $ damage… mine is RM 78 flat… no other additional charges…

    Negative comment …. Really limited area… Klang Valley, little area to seremban… Eaast Malaysia…. ZERO!….

    if I'm in KL right now (and less travel outstation) I actually don't mind U-Mobile.

    Thanks for youor reviews tho…

    Cheers !

  • http://aen.myopenid.com/ Rykel

    Hey gang, I am having a headache trying to get a proper 3G internet connection here in a rural section of Penang island.

    Tried Digi and Celcom, and while both are lacking – Digi has not arrived with 3G coverage here and Celcom 3G coverage is like dialup – I would like to add that Digi EDGE does surf better than Celcom 3G. Go figure.

    BUT, Digi does NOT allow incoming calls when you are surfing, and redirects your phonecalls to voicemail.

    This is THE primary reason why I am settled down with less-than-ideal Celcom 3G for now, because I can receive incoming calls while surfing the net!

    If Digi changes this aspect of their 3G service, please let me know.

  • http://twitter.com/Lina304 Lina304

    Actually it's 3.30am now and I can actually torrent again. Could be some change to their unblocked period to discourage people more, or the server was just too crowded with too many people queueing p2ps?

    but yes, still can torrent on the maxis.

  • http://twitter.com/Lina304 Lina304

    owh. I was wondering if Maxis had blocked p2p completely :<
    They had that 1am – 6am unblocked period previously, but I havent' been p2p-ing for months. now when I try I can barely get any bytes!

    Thanks Ruhani.

  • http://www.webpagelottery.com/ WebpageLottery

    I am using Maxis.
    I should had read this before I signed up …..

  • http://twitter.com/philipkhor Philip Khor

    Actually I would rate Digi and Maxis on the same level, when you're talking about Wireless Broadband. I prefer Digi's charges and speeds, but Maxis has better coverage at the moment. I feel other providers do not have the same infrastructure capabilities or the technical knowhow to prevent an overload (like iZzi and P1 were experiencing) Scalability: Digi = win!

  • http://blog.mohdisa.com/ mohdisa

    thanks for this information…i like it. :)

  • harminder

    thanks for this.. the info would be easier to read if it was in a table…

  • http://leosabri.co.cc/ LeoSabri @ leosabri.co.cc

    I prefer to comment in Bahasa Melayu.

    Salam sejahtera Ruhani Rabin serta, pengunjung blog ini.

    Mungkin komen saya ini berpandangan negatif pada artikal saudara namun, ianya sekadar komen sahaja.

    Saya menerima alamat blog saudara menerusi YM dan, mungkin beliau telah membaca artikal ini. Saya tidak mengetahui motif sebenar beliau memberi alamat blog saudara tapi, saya yakin beliau meminta saya baca sendiri seterusnya, memberi komen seperti berikut;

    1. True Review on Top 5 Malaysian Wireless Broadband Provider???

    2. Tajuk tersebut merangkumi keseluruhan Talian Internet Jalur Lebar Tanpa Wayar maka, terlalu banyak syarikat telekomunikasi negara menyediakan talian tersebut termasuk, Streamyx HotSpot adalah yang terbaik setakat ini.

    3. Saya tidak pasti dari mana statistik yang saudara perolehi untuk penyediakan artikal sumpama ini.

    4. Saya juga tidak pasti “ranking” tersebut merujuk dari ketegori mana sebenarnya, samada kepada kelajuan, liputan, majoriti pengguna atau, pengalaman saudara sendiri.

    5. Saudara seorang “Founder of Tech2all.com” maka, sauadara seharusnya berhati-hati untuk menyediakan artikal sumpama ini yang berbentuk “ranking” kerana, Rakyat Malaysia telah banyak pengalaman pengunaan talian internet yang amat lemah dan, mereka telah tersedia maklum kesulitan pada setiap talian internet sediada menerusi syarikat-syarikat telekomunikasi negara.

    6. Semoga saudara dapat menyediakan artikal lengkap iaitu, “ranking” pada artikal ini seharusnya mempunyai ketogori tersendiri dan, sekiranya merujuk dari tajuk tersebut, pastinya Celcom “ranking” teratas berdasarkan ketegori “Liputan” namun, sekiranya berdasarkan ketegori “Kelajuan”, sudah pastinya Streamyx HotSpot seterusnya, “ranking” untuk ketogori “Terhebat”, ianya adalah Digi.

    Semoga komen saya ini mendapat perhatian seorang “Founder of Tech2all.com” untuk sentiasa berhati-hati menyediakan sebarang artikal agar dapat memberi kepercayaan kepada para pembaca.

    Sekian harap maklum dan, terima kasih.

  • http://www.temptationsandambitions.blogspot.com/ YM

    Good review. I had similar experiences, but in Cheras Bandar Tun Razak, Maxis is better than Celcom it would seem. My experiences were:

    Average Download/Upload speed
    Digi: 700kbps/200kbps
    Maxis: 1.2Mbps/ 50kbps
    Celcom:50kbps/50kbps

    Generally, Digi is a good all-rounder package, at least for now. After the limit quota, Digi charges around 15 sen/MB instead of limiting the speed. Fortunately, we can now check our usage via Digi OCS. And do mind the quota stated by Digi includes both downloaded and uploaded data. However, there is a max surcharge of Rm138 should u exceed ur plan charges of RM58,RM88 or more.

    Maxis provides good download speed but poor upload speed. Main thing is it's more expensive in comparison with similar plans from other companies.

    Celcom? I thought I was using dial up. Lol!

  • http://anjungweb.com/ anjungweb

    Broandband in Malaysia still below par…

  • Ivy

    Good job!