I previously blogged about AirZed introducing WiMAX broadband services here in Malaysia. The only package available right now is the Business package which provides 1mbps download and 512kbps upload with 1 fixed IP. It costs RM468 a month.

I had the opportunity to test out the service just now and I have to say I’m impressed. The picture you see on the left is the WiMAX antenna, which was positioned to face the base station not too far away. The WiMAX antenna can be put facing a window or outdoors. For outdoor usage, STP cables are used instead of normal UTP cables.

The antenna has a small display below it showing signal strength. Signal strength in our area was almost full bar.

The STP cable from the antenna goes to a little box which looks like a power brick. From there, a UTP cable goes to a server or router, or whatever you want to connect the service to.

I did a few tests and I managed to saturate the 1024/512 connection that the test connection had. Ping times to local ISPs had the typical wireless high latency but still pretty good. The main link was an NTT MSC ArcNet line which has a reputation of being a premium connection provider here in Malaysia, with excellent international links. I can understand why.

More information on Airzed’s WiMAX packages here.