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Malaysia - Key Statistics, Telecoms Market Overview, Infrastructure and Forecasts

  • ID: 1838712
  • Report
  • October 2014
  • Region: Malaysia
  • 24 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Axiata
  • DiGi.com
  • Maxis Communications
  • REDtone
  • Time dotcom
  • MORE
There has been strong growth in Malaysia's telecom sector over the last decade, but the growth has not been consistent across the sector. The number of fixed-line services, after growing rapidly at first, had been relatively static for around ten years; then we saw clear evidence of a shrinking subscriber base. The mobile market by contrast has been more spectacular, racing to around 45 million subscribers by early 2014, a penetration of 145% and up from just 6 million subscribers in 2000. After starting off slowly, broadband internet has been expanding strongly in recent years and by early 2014 had reached a remarkable 67% household penetration. This report takes a broad look at the growth in Malaysia's telecommunications sector and where it has reached. The report also describes how the country has continued to allocate capital to invest in information technology and telecommunications infrastructure despite setbacks caused by periods of difficult regional and global economic conditions. Note that more details on the telecom market segments and sector operators are provided in other Malaysia reports.

Key developments:

The MCMC awarded LTE/4G spectrum licences to nine companies, effective by start 2013;
A number of operators had promptly launched initial LTE/4G offerings in 2013;
Household broadband penetration in Malaysia had reached 67% by early-2014;
Stage 1 of Telekom Malaysia's HSBB network build out was completed ahead of schedule;
The government approved a funding plan for Stage 2 of the HSBB (HSBB2);
MCMC moving on contract to set up Digital Terrestrial TV Broadcasting (DTTB);
Strong subscriber growth continued on the HSBB service;
Proposed Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) undersea cable set to launch by end-2014;
MEASAT-3b satellite launched in September 2014 and expected ready for service in October;
Proposed Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) cable announced in 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:
Telekom Malaysia; Maxis Communications; Celcom; DiGi.com; Time dotcom; Axiata; Alcatel-Lucent; U Mobile; Asiaspace; Packet One Networks; REDtone; YTL Communications; Fibrecomm
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  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Axiata
  • DiGi.com
  • Maxis Communications
  • REDtone
  • Time dotcom
  • MORE
1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview
4.2 Tenth Malaysia Plan and ICT
4.3 Background to development
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.1.1 Telecom legislation
5.1.2 Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
5.1.3 MCMC policy
5.2 Privatisation and liberalisation
5.3 Universal Service Provision (USP)
5.4 Licences
5.5 Regulatory developments
5.5.1 Digital Terrestrial TV Broadcasting (DTTB)
5.5.2 Investigation into business activity by Maxis in India
5.5.3 Regulator's appeal to online users
5.5.4 Alcatel-Lucent bribery case
5.5.5 Allocation of 700MHz frequency spectrum
5.5.6 Allocation of 2.6GHz frequency spectrum
5.5.7 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
5.5.8 Quality of Service (QoS)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Overview
6.2 National telecom network development
6.2.1 Fixed-line networks
6.2.2 Forecasts fixed-line subscribers 2015; 2020
6.2.3 Sharing / leasing of infrastructure
6.2.4 Fibre optic backbones
6.2.5 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
6.3 High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) network
6.3.1 Telekom Malaysia's HSBB project
6.3.2 Other HSBB proposals
6.4 International infrastructure
6.4.1 International gateways
6.4.2 Malaysia-Thailand
6.4.3 Submarine cable networks
6.4.4 Submarine system developments
6.4.5 Proposed submarine cable networks
6.4.6 Satellite networks
6.5 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
6.6 Notes on scenario forecasts
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2014
Table 2 Telephone network statistics March 2014
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2013
Table 4 Broadband statistics March 2014
Table 5 Mobile statistics - March 2014
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Malaysia's GDP real growth rate 2006 - 2014
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2014
Table 9 Fixed-line household penetration rate 2000 - 2014
Table 10 Forecast fixed-line subscribers 2015; 2020
Chart 1 - Malaysias GDP real growth rate - 2006-2015
Chart 2 - Fixed and Mobile subscribers in Malaysia: 2000 - 2014
Chart 3 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 2014
Exhibit 1 International submarine cable systems with landing points in Malaysia - 2014
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Telekom Malaysia

Maxis Communications



Time dotcom



U Mobile


Packet One Networks


YTL Communications

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