Near, far, wher­ever you are

Digi ex­pands net­work cov­er­age with the ac­ti­va­tion of 900MHz spec­trum.

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Here’s the sce­nario: you’re buy­ing in­gre­di­ents for din­ner at a su­per­mar­ket lo­cated deep within your neigh­bor­hood mall. You try search­ing for the recipe on­line to dou­ble check whether you have the nec­es­sary in­gre­di­ents, but only to be greeted by the dreaded ‘Emer­gency Calls Only’ mes­sage on your screen, leav­ing you with no choice but to drop ev­ery­thing and head out­doors.

Sounds fa­mil­iar? It shouldn’t be if you’re a Digi sub­scriber, as the com­pany is cur­rently rolling out its 900MHz spec­trum in stages. The­o­ret­i­cally, the lower fre­quency of the 900MHz spec­trum – as op­posed to the 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz spec­trums that Digi presently uses – should pro­vide stronger in­door sig­nals, wider 4G out­door cov­er­age, and bet­ter in­ter­net ca­pac­ity.

The new 900MHz spec­trum will be op­er­at­ing in tan­dem with Digi’s ex­ist­ing 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz spec­trums, which are able to trans­mit more data due to their higher fre­quen­cies, but are more sus­cep­ti­ble to in­ter­fer­ence from ob­jects like the con­crete walls of build­ings – hence the zero net­work con­nec­tiv­ity in places like basement car parks.

By that logic, you could say that the 900MHz spec­trum is there­fore ‘slower’ than the other two higher fre­quency spec­trums, but it does man­age to strike the ideal bal­ance be­tween speed and cov­er­age.

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