Celcom bags Ookla Speedtest Award


CELCOM Axiata Bhd has bagged the Ookla Speedtest Award for Best Mobile Coverage in Malaysia. 

In a statement, Celcom said based on Ookla’s Speedtest report for the third quarter of 2021 (3Q21)-4Q21 in Malaysia, Celcom’s mobile coverage and Malaysians’ mobile experience was analysed through Ookla’s Coverage Metrics. 

Ookla’s Speedtest report noted that its Coverage Score captured telcos’ footprint and quality of service in the country during the period to determine the award winners. 

“The analysis showed that Celcom garnered an average score of 787 in Malaysia, topping the Best Mobile Coverage category. Celcom recorded the highest scan count of more than 142 million scans and covered 356,606 locations from the total locations observed nationwide. 

“Based on the , Celcom also achieved and led with a winning score of 93.2% for 4G coverage and 99.7% for general coverage nationwide,” it said. 

According to the mobile network operator, the award is also a recognition of the impact from Celcom’s capital expenditure of RM825 million for network improvements in 2021, which resulted in an additional 900 long-term evolution (LTE) sites and over 9,500 sites optimised with improved 4G coverage and capacity across the nation. 

The statement said Celcom’s 4G network investments also achieved an estimated 99% 4G LTE pop coverage or higher in seven states, while also increasing 4G LTE pop coverage, especially in Sabah, Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Sarawak, Negri Sembilan and Kedah. 

By the end of 2021, Celcom had achieved 94.5% LTE population coverage nationwide, which is measured through a signal strength of -98dBm in urban and sub-urban areas to provide an average of 3-4 bars outdoor signal on the mobile device. 

Celcom’s latest network achievement was announced during the recent Ookla Speedtest Awards ceremony at the Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona, Spain, from Feb 28 to March 3, 2022. 

Commenting on the Ookla award recognition, Celcom CEO Datuk Idham Nawawi said Celcom will continue to invest in modernising its network and address the rapid data traffic growth and demand with accelerated network investments. — Bernama