This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Malaysia's telecommunications market. The report analyses the Telecoms Infrastructure, mobile, fixed broadband, Digital Media and Digital Economy sectors.
- Market and industry analyses, trends and developments
- Regional market comparisons
- Telecoms Maturity Index
- Data centres and Smart Infrastructure
- Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU
- Broadband (FTTH, DSL)
- Internet of Things, 5G developments
- Mobile, broadband and mobile broadband forecasts to 2023-4
With its widespread application of modern technologies such as fibre optics, wireless transmission, digitalisation and satellite services, Malaysia has built one of the more advanced telecom networks in the developing world.
The penetration of fixed lines in Malaysia continues to fall as the mobile segment continues to expand and dominate the market, especially the mobile broadband segment. The fixed-line market is predicted to gradually decline over the next five years to 2024 as mobile and mobile broadband penetration continue to increase.
The country's telecom sector, whilst still expanding and developing, has undergone a period of consolidation with its telecom companies operating in an ever increasingly competitive and changing market. Substantial government participation in ICT development has also been a particular characteristic of the Malaysian market. It has strongly backed the roll-out of a national broadband network.
The Malaysian data centre market has seen strong recent growth which is predicted to continue over the next five years, growth has been strong from both local and international providers. Local Malaysian telcos are also beginning to consolidate their data centre footprint, by leasing data centre space in third party data centres, a trend more evident in developed markets such as Singapore.
The Malaysian fixed broadband market remains underdeveloped. Telekom Malaysia's fibre-based services on the High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) network has seen progress in the fixed broadband market, however, progression has been slow.
Telekom Malaysia is rolling roll out the last mile access network to homes and businesses utilising fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), Ethernet-to-the-home (ETTH) and VDSL2 technologies. The ten-year HSBB 2 project encompasses the deployment of additional access and core capacity covering state capitals and selected major towns throughout the country.
Growth in the fixed broadband subscriber market has been flat over the past five years due to a stagnant number of fixed lines and the growing dominance of mobile broadband. Over the next five years to 2024 slow growth is expected to continue.
The Malaysian government aims to launch its ‘National Fibre Connectivity Plan' in 2019. The plan will develop broadband infrastructure to ensure more efficient spectrum allocation to achieve the targeted 30Mbps speed in rural and remote areas within five years.
Malaysia's mobile market is relatively developed compared to other Asian markets but has experienced a slight decline in market penetration over the last four years due to an increasingly saturated market.
With its widespread application of modern technologies such as fibre optics, wireless transmission, digitalisation and satellite services, Malaysia has built one of the more advanced telecom networks in the developing world. The country has a national objective to see Malaysia ranked as a developed country by the year 2020.
Flat to very slow growth is predicted over the next five years to 2024 in the mobile subscriber market. It will be constrained from higher growth due to a saturated mobile subscriber market and strong local competition.
Progress has been reported on closing the urban/rural divide, with expanding mobile infrastructure in rural areas.
Malaysia has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past seven years driven by strong growth of 4G mobile subscribers and high data caps. Strong but slowing growth is predicted over the next five years to 2024 as the market reaches a heightened state of maturity. The mobile broadband market will be driven by increasingly faster speeds offered by the mobile operators as they roll out their 4G and 5G networks and improve tariffs due to strong competition.
It is predicted that 5G will be used widely in Malaysia by 2022-2023. Mobile operators continue to carry out 5G trials as they work towards this date.
- The penetration of fixed lines continues to fall as the mobile segment continues to expand and dominate the market
- The fixed-line market is predicted to gradually decline over the next five years to 2024
- The Malaysian data centre market has seen the strong recent growth
- Slow growth in broadband penetration is predicted for the next five years to 2024
- The Malaysia government aims to launch its ‘National Fibre Connectivity Plan' in 2019
- It is predicted that 5G will be used widely in Malaysia by 2022-2023
- Malaysia has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past six years
1 Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
2 Telecommunications market
2.1 Market overview and analysis
2.2 Regional Asian market comparison
2.3 Historical overview
3 Regulatory environment
3.1 Regulatory authority
3.2 Government policies eg Telecom sector liberalisation
3.3 Privatisation and liberalisation
3.4 Universal Service Provision (USP)
3.6 Number portability (NP)
4 Fixed network operator
4.1 Telekom Malaysia
5 Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Fixed-line subscribers and forecast
5.2 Fibre networks
5.3 Microwave links
5.4 International infrastructure
5.5 Data Centres
5.6 Smart infrastructure
6 Broadband market
6.1 Market overview and analysis
6.2 Broadband statistics and forecast
6.3 Fixed broadband service providers
6.4 Fixed broadband technologies
7 Digital economy
8 Digital media
9 Mobile communications
9.1 Market overview and analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.5 Major mobile operators
9.6 Mobile content and applications
10 Appendix Historic data
List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities 2019 (e)
Table 2 Telekom Malaysia's ARPU - by service category 2011 2018
Table 3 Historic - Telekom Malaysia's capital expenditure 2007 2017
Table 4 Historic - Telekom Malaysia's fixed-line subscribers (millions) 2007 2017
Table 5 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2009 2024
Table 6 Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) 2009 2024
Table 7 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 2018
Table 8 Percentage of Households with a Computer - 2007 2018
Table 9 Percentage of Households with Internet Access at Home - 2007 2018
Table 10 Total international internet bandwidth 1999 2018
Table 11 Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity 2013 2018
Table 12 Telekom Malaysia Fixed Broadband Subscribers 2003 2019
Table 13 Historic - Key broadcasting statistics - 2015
Table 14 Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 15 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2024
Table 16 Historic - mobile subscribers, annual growth and penetration rate 1995 2011
Table 17 Postpaid and prepaid mobile subscribers and market share 2002 2018
Table 18 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 - 2024
Table 19 - Mobile operators and systems
Table 20 - Mobile subscribers and market share by operator 2019
Table 21 Celcom Revenue, EBITDA and CAPEX - 2013 2018
Table 22 Celcom mobile subscribers, prepaid and postpaid - 2005 2019
Table 23 Celcom ARPU prepaid and postpaid 2008 2018
Table 24 Celcom - smartphone penetration 2014 2018
Table 25 Celcom 4G / 4G LTE population coverage 2016 2018
Table 26 Maxis Revenue and EBITDA - 2015 2018
Table 27 Maxis mobile subscribers, prepaid and postpaid 2006 2019
Table 28 Maxis' wireless broadband subscribers 2009 2018
Table 29 Maxis mobile ARPU 2007 2019
Table 30 Maxis' smartphone penetration 2013 2018
Table 31 Historic - Digi Revenue, EBITDA and CAPEX - 2013 2017
Table 32 DiGi mobile subscribers 2006 2019
Table 33 U Mobile subscribers 2008 2019
Table 34 Historic - fixed lines in service and penetration 1995 2006
Table 35 Historic - DSL subscribers 2001 - 2014
List of Charts
Chart 1 Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration 2019; 2024
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 3 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 4 Telecoms Maturity Index South East Asia
Chart 5 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2009 2024
Chart 6 Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2009 2024
Chart 7 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2024
Chart 8 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2024
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 International submarine cable systems with landing points in Malaysia