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2006 Asia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in Malaysia, Philippines


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This report provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in telecommunications, broadcasting and pay TV markets in Malaysia and Philippines. Subjects covered include:

Key Statistics
Market and Industry Overviews
Regulatory Environment
Major Players (fixed and mobile)
Infrastructure
Mobile Voice and Data Markets
Internet, VoIP, IPTV
Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless)
Convergence and Digital Media


In recent years, Malaysia has been quietly working away at positioning itself as a technologically progressive economy. To this end it has built one of the more advanced telecom networks in the developing world. Whilst still in the process of expanding, the country’s telecom sector has undergone a period of consolidation with telecom companies doing battle in an increasingly competitive and changing market. Despite the slowdown that followed the economic crisis of the late 1990s, the last decade has seen positive growth in the Malaysia’s telecom sector.

Mobile penetration passed the 80% mark in early 2006, with subscriber numbers at the same time passing 20 million. This was up from only 2 million subscribers in 1998. Malaysia has the second highest mobile penetration in South East Asia after Singapore. Malaysia’s mobile users have also been enthusiastic in their adoption of Short Message Service (SMS), with the regulator reporting that Malaysians sent more than 9 billion SMS during 2005. On the other hand, the story with fixed-line services has not been so good. Having moved rapidly from around 2 million in 1990 to 4.7 million in 2002 (penetration approaching 20% at the time), fixed-line subscriber numbers dipped to 4.6 million by end-2003 and were sitting at 4.3 million by the start of 2006.

Malaysia has also been continuing to develop its multi-billion dollar Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project, another part of the government’s strategy to turn Malaysia into the high technology hub of South East Asia. So far more than US$5 billion has been invested in this project. The government says that it is meeting targets, with over 1,200 companies already involved.

Philippines Over the last decade or so, there has been a concerted effort by the government in the Philippines, working with the country’s telecom operators, to expand the national fixed network. Despite a lot of effort and the best of intentions, the country has been struggling to extend its basic telephone network to reach the wider population. Despite this effort fixed-line teledensity stands at less than 5% and only a little more than half of all Philippine towns and cities have a telephone service. In fact, a fixed-line teledensity of 12% by 2002 was the target set for the government’s Service Area Scheme. The plan fell well short of target, achieving a teledensity of just over 4% by that time. Fixed-line penetration has not increased much since.

More recently, however, there has been a rapid take-up of mobile services and, following on from that, the remarkably high national usage of the Short Message Service (SMS) throughout the country. Mobile penetration has grown quickly to have reached 40% (35 million subscribers) by early 2006, up from only 2.7 million mobile subscribers in the country at end-1999. For the moment it looks to have reached a plateau at the 40% penetration level. Not surprisingly, mobiles have well and truly overwhelmed fixed-line services. Much of the recent growth in mobiles was coming from outside the main city of Manila, with the big operators, Globe and Smart, vying for lower income segments of the population by offering a range of cheap prepaid products. Further growth in the market will depend on the pricing and marketing strategies of the operators, as well as the growth in the country’s economy.

There appears to be considerable ongoing optimism in the Philippine telecom market as the sector has been contributing over 10% to the country’s GDP, boosted considerably by the mobile segment.

1. MALAYSIA
1.1 Key statistics
1.2 Telecommunications market
1.2.1 Overview of Malaysia’s telecom market
1.3 Regulatory environment
1.3.1 Privatisation and liberalisation
1.3.2 Telecom legislation
1.3.3 Regulatory authority
1.3.4 Universal service obligations
1.3.5 Equal access
1.3.6 Number portability
1.3.7 Licences
1.3.8 Tariffs
1.3.9 Anti-Piracy measures
1.4 Fixed network operators in Malaysia
1.4.1 Overview of operators
1.4.2 Telekom Malaysia
1.4.3 TRI Celcom
1.4.4 Time dotCom
1.4.5 Maxis Communications
1.4.6 DiGi Telecommunications
1.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
1.5.1 Overview
1.5.2 National telecom network
1.5.3 International infrastructure
1.5.4 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
1.6 Data market
1.6.1 ISDN
1.6.2 Frame relay and leased lines
1.6.3 Value-added networks
1.6.4 Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
1.7 Internet market
1.7.1 Overview
1.7.2 ISP market
1.8 Content and e-services
1.8.1 E-commerce
1.8.2 E-government
1.8.3 Telemedicine
1.9 Broadband market
1.9.1 Overview
1.9.2 Broadband infrastructure
1.9.3 Broadband Internet
1.9.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
1.9.5 Wireless broadband
1.9.6 Broadband over powerline (BPL)
1.9.7 Internet via satellite
1.9.8 Triple play services
1.9.9 National IPv6 Council
1.9.10 Intranet hosting services
1.10 Broadcasting market
1.10.1 Overview
1.10.2 Regulatory environment
1.10.3 Free-to-Air TV
1.10.4 Digital terrestrial TV
1.10.5 Cable TV
1.10.6 Satellite TV
1.10.7 Interactive TV
1.11 Mobile communications
1.11.1 Overview of Malaysia’s mobile market
1.11.2 Mobile technologies
1.11.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile
1.11.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
1.11.5 Handset Market
1.11.6 Major mobile operators
1.11.7 Mobile voice services
1.11.8 Mobile data services
1.11.9 Mobile applications
2. PHILIPPINES
2.1 Key statistics
2.2 Telecommunications market
2.2.1 Overview of the Philippines telecom market
2.3 Regulatory environment
2.3.1 Regulatory authorities
2.3.2 Regulatory developments
2.3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in the Philippines
2.3.4 Alternative Communications Program
2.4 Fixed network operators in Philippines
2.4.1 BayanTel
2.4.2 Bell Telecom
2.4.3 Digital Telecommunications Philippines (Digitel)
2.4.4 Eastern Telecommunications Philippines Inc (ETPI)
2.4.5 Globe Telecom
2.4.6 Liberty Telecoms
2.4.7 PhilCom
2.4.8 Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)
2.4.9 Philippine Telephone and Telegraph Co (PT&T)
2.4.10 Smart Communications
2.5 Telecommunications infrastructure
2.5.1 Overview
2.5.2 National telecom network
2.5.3 International
2.5.4 Infrastructure developments
2.6 Internet market
2.6.1 Overview
2.6.2 Internet Exchanges
2.6.3 I-Gate
2.6.4 Internet demographics
2.6.5 Internet regulation
2.6.6 Gearing Up Internet Literacy and Access for Students (GILAS)
2.6.7 ISP market
2.7 Content and e-services
2.7.1 E-commerce
2.7.2 E-government
2.7.3 Content
2.7.4 Instant Messaging (IM)
2.8 Broadband market
2.8.1 Overview
2.8.2 Cable modems
2.8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
2.8.4 Wireless broadband
2.8.5 Internet via satellite
2.8.6 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
2.8.7 IP networks
2.9 Broadcasting
2.9.1 Overview
2.9.2 Free-to-Air (FTA) broadcasting
2.9.3 Cable and pay TV
2.9.4 Cable telephony
2.9.5 Direct-to-Home (DTH) services
2.9.6 Interactive TV
2.9.7 Broadband TV (IPTV)
2.10 Mobile communications
2.10.1 Overview of the Philippines mobile market
2.10.2 Mobile licences
2.10.3 Mobile technologies
2.10.4 Major mobile operators
2.10.5 Mobile voice services
2.10.6 Mobile data services
2.10.7 Mobile applications
3. GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS
Exhibit 1 - Overview of major Malaysian broadcasters and their channels
Exhibit 2 - Overview of programming
Exhibit 3 - Terrestrial FTA TV licences
Exhibit 4 - Major broadcasting companies


Table 1 - Country statistics Malaysia - 2006
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
Table 3 - Internet provider statistics - 2005
Table 4 - Internet user statistics - March 2006
Table 5 - Broadband statistics - March 2006
Table 6 - Mobile statistics - March 2006
Table 7 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2006
Table 9 - Internet users - 1995 - 2006
Table 10 - Internet host computers - 1995 - 2005
Table 11 - Dial-up Internet subscribers - 1995 - 2006
Table 12 - TMNet dial-up Internet subscribers - 1999 - 2005
Table 13 - Broadband subscriber growth - 2002 - 2006
Table 14 - Broadband subscribers by access type - March 2006
Table 15 - Broadband subscribers and households - March 2006
Table 16 - TMNet (Streamyx) subscribers - 2003 - 2005
Table 17 - Hotspots market - 2003
Table 18 - Key broadcasting statistics - 2005
Table 19 - Growth of the broadcasting sector - 1997 - 2005
Table 20 - Mobile subscriber growth and penetration - 1994 - 2006
Table 21 - Mobile services revenues - 1993 - 2005
Table 22 - Mobile subscribers by operator and annual change - March 2006
Table 23 - Mobile subscribers and market share by operator - March 2006
Table 24 - Prepaid mobile subscriber growth and penetration - 2002 - 2005
Table 25 - Country statistics Philippines - 2005
Table 26 - Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2005
Table 27 - Telephone network statistics - 2005
Table 28 - Internet provider statistics - 2005
Table 29 - Internet user statistics - 2005
Table 30 - Broadband statistics - 2005
Table 31 - Mobile statistics - March 2006
Table 32 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 33 - Fixed lines installed versus lines in operation and penetration - 1995 - 2005
Table 34 - Fixed-line subscribers by operator and market share - March 2006
Table 35 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1994 - 2005
Table 36 - Total SAS lines installed by operators*
Table 37 - Internet users - 1996 - 2005
Table 38 - Internet host computers - 1994 - 2005
Table 39 - Internet subscribers - 1996 - 2005
Table 40 - Broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2005
Table 41 - Broadband subscribers and households - 2005
Table 42 - PLDT’s DSL subscribers - 2001 - 2003; 2005 - 2006
Table 43 - Key broadcasting statistics - 2005
Table 44 - Broadcasting statistics, cable, MMDS and satellite - 1996 - 2005
Table 45 - Mobile subscriber growth and penetration - 1992; 1994; 1996 - 2006
Table 46 - Mobile services revenue - 1993 - 2005
Table 47 - Mobile subscribers and annual change by operator - March 2006
Table 48 - Mobile market share - March 2006
Table 49 - Globe Telecom subscribers - 2001 - 2006

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