Kuala Lumpur, November 20, 2010
After a lot of hard work and meticulous planning - history was made. YES, the world’s first fully converged 4G Mobile Internet service with voice, was launched to the world, making Malaysia its home to the world’s first.
The ‘Yes World’ website which went live onto the world wide web just hours before, received a staggering response– having one thousand hits per second. Over at the Mayang Sari Ballroom of the JW Marriot Hotel Kuala Lumpur, it was a sight to behold as invited guests, business partners, local and foreign media, as well as staff from YTL Communications, came in full support for this historic launch, filling the ballroom to the brim.
Guest-of-Honour, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Yassin, was welcomed with a thunderous applause as he arrived accompanied by Dato Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim, Malaysian Information, Communications, and Culture Minister; Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Yeoh Tiong Lay, Executive Chairman, YTL Corporation Berhad and Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director, YTL Corporation Berhad.
Joining in the celebrations were Tun Dr. Lim Keng Yaik, former Minister of Energy, Water and Communications; Tan Sri Khalid Ramli, MCMC Chairman; Datuk Seri Ahmad Ismail, the Mayor of KL, and Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek.
“Today Malaysians are able for the first time to experience the real power of 4G, and to have the worlds of voice and internet come together in one seamless and meaningful service,” said YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Yassin.
“I would like to again congratulate YTL for its initiative to rollout its 4G network and help Malaysians benefit for a more connected digital age,” he said.
The Deputy Prime Minister is also chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Broadband Expansion in Malaysia.
Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Francis Yeoh in his speech said that with the creation of their 4G ecosystem in this country, it will create further innovation and investment in the production of devices, content, and software applications that will help nurture human capital to help drive growth in the economy.
“Let us make the internet available to every Malaysian. We will be giving 300MB of data or 100 minutes of voice calls a month free to every student registered under our Education Partner Programme,” he said.
The Yes portal (www.yes.my) which went live on November 4th has seen thousands register for Yes IDs with 018 mobile numbers to date, exceeding initially expected figures by three fold, said Yeoh.
“YES will offer the cheapest mobile communications rates in the country with one simple integrated plan that combines voice, SMS and mobile date. The internet will be affordable to all.
“This afternoon heralds in an entirely new 4G chapter. Welcome to the YES chapter. I pray and thank my Lord Jesus Christ for His blessing on this glorious day, thank you and God Bless all of you,” said Yeoh in his speech.
The launch gambit saw YES as a virtual globe lifted up into the air, before launching itself to countries around the world in a digital map, signifying the capability of YES, which can be used all around the world.
CEO of YTL Communications, Mr. Wing K Lee, took center stage when he gave the crowd a YES presentation. “Today’s launch marks the starting point of Malaysia’s progress towards entering a truly connected digital age and we’re excited to be in the driving seat of this revolution. Today we say yes to all possibilities and to continue to bring amazing experiences to everyone using the YES service,” he said.
Wing also announced four devices during the launch including the ‘Yes Buzz’ 4G smartphone developed with Samsung, a USB dongle, a MiFi device and a desktop WiFi router which is made available at its flagship store in Lot 10.
Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Yassin then showcased the potential of YES by linking up with students in the UK through a video call using YES Life.
The celebration then headed over to Lot 10, to witness the launch of the YES flagship store. This state-of-the-art flagship store features an interactive video wall, coffee bar, and a variety of devices for visitors to test.
A large crowd had already gathered at Lot 10 in anticipation of the launch and to witness YouTube singing sensation, Jimmy Lin Yu Chun.
Opening with the song ‘Amazing Grace’, Jimmy delivered an unforgettable and amazing performance. The beauty of his voice immediately captured the hearts of the guests and shoppers stopped to watch and listen in awe. He then followed up with the song that propelled him to stardom; by singing Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ much to the delight of the crowd and his screaming fans.
The atmosphere at Lot 10 was simply phenomenal as people were lining up by the dozens just to get into the flagship store, while others were lining up to sign up for the products and services offered by YES. Many in the flagship store were busy exploring the devices and were captivated and amazed by the capabilities of YES. A buzz of activities was happening from the outside of Lot 10, right up to the inside. The mixFM and SinarFM cruisers were giving out goodies at the entrance of Lot 10 while the gorgeous guest DJ Hiloco from Japan added on to the excitement with pumping beats.
In a truly unforgettable evening, the YES launch which was an overwhelming success, started and ended on a high. But the end also signifies another new beginning in the history books of Malaysia. A time when YTL will forever be remembered as pioneers of the 4G mobile internet service with voice, by delivering and bringing this converged technology to Malaysia, and to the world as promised. The face of technology is moving to a new era, and that era has been brought to you by YTL.