Maxis Communications

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Maxis Berhad
TypePublicly traded company
MYX: 6012
Founded1993 (Listed in 2009)
HeadquartersMaxis Tower, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Area served
Asia (excluding Korea DPR and Nepal), Middle East and North Africa, South America (including Peru and Chile)
Key people
Mokhzani Mahathir,[1] Chairman
Gökhan Ogut CEO
Revenue8.69 billion MYR (2017) [2]
2.09 billion MYR (2017) [3]
Number of employees
2,901 (2014)
ParentUsaha Tegas

Maxis Communications or Maxis Berhad is a communications service provider in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, providing a variety of communication products, applications and value added services for consumers, large enterprises and small & medium business owners.

Maxis uses the dialing prefixes of "011 12000000 through 12499999", "012", "014-2", and "017". The majority of the company's stake is owned by billionaire Ananda Krishnan.

Coverage, Products and Services[edit]

Maxis operate 2G EDGE, 3G UMTS, 3G HSPA, 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE and 4G LTE-A networks.

As of 2016, Maxis has a 100% 4G population coverage with minimum signal strength of -110dBm in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru; 95% 4G population coverage with minimum signal strength of -110dBm across all state capitals; 88% 4G population coverage with minimum signal strength of -110dBm nationwide.

In July 2018, Maxis claimed that its 4G LTE network covered 92% of the human population in the country.[4]

There are several high-profile celebrities who have signed on as spokespersons for Maxis, including Siti Nurhaliza, the Malaysian reality television show Akademi Fantasia's contestants, along with Jessy Wong The Diva and Arthur the Brave and Fluffy. Maxis was the first company to launch LTE services in Malaysia on 1 January 2013, starting in the Klang Valley region.[citation needed]

Frequencies used on Maxis network in Malaysia
Band Frequency Frequency width Protocol Notes
8 900 MHz (905~915,950~960) 2 * 10 MHz EDGE/HSPA+/LTE (expiry 2032)
3 1800 MHz (1710~1730, 1805~1825) 2 * 20 MHz EDGE/LTE (expiry 2032)
1 2100 MHz (1935~1950, 2125~2140) 2 * 15 MHz HSPA+/LTE (expiry 2032)
7 2600 MHz (2500~2510, 2620~2630) 2 * 10 MHz LTE lease spectrum from Redtone
7 2600 MHz (2510~2520, 2630~2640) 2 * 10 MHz LTE

Maxis Fast Tap[edit]

Maxis also has Malaysia's first NFC (Near field communication) service called FastTap. It integrates Touch 'n Go, Visa Wave from Maybank[5] and other banks.

Maxis eBooks[edit]

Maxis introduced its Malaysia's 3rd e-book service called Maxis ebooks (or Maxis ebook in its official website and app). The first was eSentral followed by MPH Digital.[6] It was launched on 16 April 2012 and in launch, more than three hundred thousand books were made available in the e-book store, the web, an iPad application or through an Android tablet running Honeycomb or newer.[7][8]

Maxis Fibre Broadband[edit]

Officially launch on 31 March 2011, Maxis offers high speed broadband for home and business users. Maxis fibre broadband plan for home users is called MaxisONE Home Fibre,[9] as for businesses it is known as MaxisONE Business Fibre.[10] The new home and business plans offer speeds of up to 800Mbps. Additionally, the fixed IP is only available for MaxisONE Business Fibre plans.[11]


As of second quarter of 2018, there were 9.863 million revenue generating subscribers (RGS), 6.747 million prepaid RGS, 2.97 million postpaid RGS.

Smartphone users in the network include 87% of postpaid accounts and 81% prepaid. Its postpaid subscribers consume an average 11.2 GB a month, while prepaid users consume an average 8.2 GB a month. It has 5.2 million 4G LTE devices in the network.[12]

Corporate History[edit]

On 19 October 1999, Maxis introduced the prepaid brand "Hotlink".[citation needed]

In 2002, Maxis acquired TimeCel, a rival mobile service provider, from TimedotCom Berhad. Prior to the purchase, Maxis offered prefix number beginning with 012, and TimeCel 017.[citation needed]

On 27 April 2007, an offer was made to buy out Maxis and privatise the company in preparation for expansions into the Indonesian, Indian and Qatari markets.[citation needed] The deal was offered by Ananda Krishnan, who pledged Maxis RM17.46 billion (US$5.1 billion) in exchange for all remaining shares of the company. The offer is to be formally made by Usaha Tegas, a company owned by Krishnan, on 3 May 2007, while the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange suspends trading of the company's shares until 3 May.[13][14][15][16][17]

Under the urging of the former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Maxis announce that it will re-list the company in Bursa Malaysia on 11 November 2009.[citation needed] The initial public offering, which constitute 30% of the company and involve its Malaysian operations, will raise at least MYR 11.7 billion.[18]

In September 2013, Maxis prepaid, Hotlink launched its #Hotlink plan, which is claimed to be the first telecommunications company to offer free internet services on cellular networks, Hotlink calling it "Free Basic Internet" which offers download speeds up to 64kbit/s and which the management says is enough for checking Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia on mobile optimised sites and also essentially eliminating data overage charges which as previously implemented at MYR 0.10/10KB.[19]

Majority Stakeholders[edit]

Maxis Communications is part of Ananda Krishnan's business empire. In 1996, the company launched Malaysia's first three satellites; MEASAT 1, 2 and 3. The fourth satellite, MEASAT 1R (now known as MEASAT-3a[20]), was damaged and reconstructed for launch in June 2009. Saudi Telecom Company bought a 25% stake of Maxis.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Mokhzani takes over as chairman of Maxis. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Maxis closes strong year, posts solid 2017 results". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Maxis Annual Report 2017" (PDF). Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Maxis has 9.86 million mobile subs, 2.09 million on MaxisONE plan as of 2Q18".
  5. ^ Soyacincau (19 April 2009). "Maxis introduces FastTap NFC Service". Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  6. ^ Liau Yun Qing (13 April 2012). "M'sian operator launches online bookstore". ZDNet. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Time to turn to ebooks". The Star. 16 April 2012. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Official website of Maxis ebuuk". Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  9. ^ MaxisONE Home Fibre
  10. ^ Maxis ONEBusiness Fibre
  11. ^ Maxis Fibre Broadband
  12. ^ "Maxis has 9.86 million mobile subs, 2.09 million on MaxisONE plan as of 2Q18".
  13. ^ E-Ling, Liaw (30 April 2007). "Malaysia's Maxis Receives Takeover Bid From Parent". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 30 April 2007.
  14. ^ "Cara Daftar Paket Internet Smartfren Terbaru 2014". Cek kuota. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014.[unreliable source?]
  15. ^ Azman, Syed (30 April 2007). "UPDATE 5-Malaysian tycoon to buy out telco Maxis". Reuters. Retrieved 30 April 2007.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Announcement: Cara Daftar Paket Internet Simpati Loop 12GB February 2014". Cek kuota. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014.[unreliable source?]
  17. ^ Maxis Communications Berhad (MYX: 5051),
  18. ^ "Maxis to raise RM11.7bil via IPO". The Star. 29 October 2009.
  19. ^[unreliable source?]
  20. ^ "TSE - Measat 1R". Retrieved 4 July 2020.

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