Malaysia continues to heavily promote itself as an Information Technology hub in the Asia region. Whilst there had been a good response at a corporate level, for some time the wider community was not really embracing technology. In relative terms, there had been a surprisingly low interest in broadband internet. The fixed broadband penetration was around 8% of the population by mid-2013. This was despite the government having launched a National Broadband Plan which had targeted a 15% penetration by 2010. It has been the widespread adoption of mobile wireless broadband services that has significantly changed the size of the broadband market. Wireless broadband in its different forms is being widely offered by the operators as they increase the capability of their networks. Another major push towards wider broadband adoption has been prompted by Telekom Malaysia's roll-out of its fibre-based High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) network. On the back of the broadband boom, and especially the high wireless broadband take up, the government was able to report at the start of 2011 that Malaysia's broadband penetration rate had reached 55.6% surpassing the national target of 50%. In the two years to 2011 there was a 50% increase in household broadband penetration; by mid-2013 the household broadband penetration in Malaysia had reached 67%. This report looks at the extent to which high-speed Internet access is developing in the country.
LTE/4G licences were awarded to nine companies, effective at the start of 2013; Into 2013 a number of operators had launched their initial LTE/4G offerings; Household broadband penetration in Malaysia had reached 67% by early 2014; There were more than 31,000 internet hotspots across the country by end-2013; TM's fibre-based broadband network had passed 1.4 million premises coming into 2013; TM's UniFi service had signed up 674,000 customers by mid-2014.