Yes 5G, the telco under YTL Communications, has announced that Ipoh, Perak is now covered with 5G. Based on Yes’ network coverage map, this is the second state outside of the Klang Valley to get 5G after Johor.
5G coverage in Ipoh is still quite limited and sporadic with greater concentration in the city centre around Jalan Sultan Iskandar and Jalan Sultan Idris Shah. As shown above, there are sprinkles of coverage further out such as Taman Mas Jaya, Taman Mayfair, Taman Gopeng, Taman Jepun, Ipoh Sports Complex, Desa Lang Indah, Taman Malaysia, Taman Merdeka, Manjoi, Taman Alkaff and Taman Pertama.
Besides Ipoh, the 5G network which is deployed by Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB), has also expanded to cover 28 new locations in Johor Bahru. In the Klang Valley, there are 15 new locations in Kuala Lumpur, 10 new locations in Selangor and 2 new locations in Putrajaya. Penang should be getting 5G soon as several locations are marked as 5G sites in progress. DNB aims to achieve nationwide 40% 5G population coverage by end of this year and 80% by the end of 2024.
Over the weekend, the Prime Minister launched the Ketereh Digital Hub which also brings 5G services to Ketereh, Kelantan under a rural pilot 5G project. However, Ketereh isn’t marked as a coverage area under both Yes 5G and DNB’s coverage map.
To start using 5G, you’ll need a compatible 5G smartphone and a Yes 5G SIM Card. Unfortunately, the iPhone is not supported on Yes but the current crop of Galaxy flagship devices including the Galaxy S22 series and Galaxy Z Flip/Fold 3 are already supported after a software update. In case you didn’t know, Yes is offering a free SIM card with unlimited 5G data for 30 days.
Yes is still the only telco to offer 5G postpaid and prepaid plans in Malaysia. On postpaid, they have introduced its Infinite Postpaid plans that promises to offer unlimited 4G and 5G data with no fair use policy. The plans start from RM58/month with 10GB of hotspot data and it goes all the way up to RM178/month that has 100GB of hotspot.
If you prefer to go for the prepaid option, the Yes FT5G prepaid plan offers unlimited 4G data with 9GB of hotspot data capped at 7Mbps plus access to unlimited 5G with no speed cap.