Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) has announced that the Samsung Galaxy A73 5G is now compatible with Malaysia’s 5G network. It comes after Samsung pushed out a software update that enables local 5G support for the Galaxy S21 and S22 series.
Yes 5G is currently the first and only telecom operator to offer 5G services in Malaysia. If you are subscribed on a Samsung Galaxy A73 5G, it is advisable to check for a software update under Settings > Software update. With the latest update, you should be able to connect to the 5G network if you are in DNB coverage areas.
So far, there is no update yet for other 5G-enabled Galaxy A models such as Galaxy A33 and A53. Even foldable models such as Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are still not supported.
Currently, DNB’s 5G network is available in selected areas of Kuala Lumpur, Cyberjaya and Putrajaya. They have recently extended their network to cover selected areas in Johor Bahru and Selangor.
Although DNB’s 5G network has been operational since December 2021, not all 5G devices are supported. According to the single wholesale network, it is not their job to certify or approve 5G devices. Certification of 5G devices is led by SIRIM with guidance from MCMC. DNB provides manufacturers with facilities to perform tests such as initial static tests as well as a test route to perform on-road driving tests so that they can configure their devices and update their firmware accordingly.
Most Chinese brand smartphones such as Oppo, Realme, Xiaomi, Poco and Vivo are already able to connect to the network, however brands such as Apple and Samsung may require a different process including software update .
For example, when 4G was first rolled out in Malaysia, iPhone 5 users had to download an update from the carrier before they could enable “LTE” in their phone settings. At this time, Apple only lists the big four telecom carriers such as Celcom, Digi, Maxis and U Mobile under their “Wireless Network Provider Support”. Since Yes 5G is not listed by Apple, you won’t be able to take advantage of all iPhone connectivity features, including VoLTE, which is required for voice calls.
If you want to try Yes 5G, you can apply for a free SIM card which offers free and unlimited 5G data for 30 days.