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Malaysia - Broadband Market and Forecasts


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Malaysia - Broadband Market and Forecasts

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.

Key developments:

LTE/4G licences have been awarded to nine companies, effective at the start of 2013; household broadband penetration in Malaysia had reached 67% by June 2013; by end-2012 TM's fibre-based broadband network had passed 1.4 million premises; at the same time TM's UniFi service had signed up almost 600,000 customers.

Companies covered in this report include:

Intel Malaysia; TMNet; Telekom Malaysia; Celcom Axiata; Jaring; Green Packet/Packet One Networks (P1); REDtone; Asiaspace; YTL; Time DotCom.


1. Synopsis
2. Broadband market
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 National Broadband Plan (NBP)
2.1.2 Background to broadband development
2.1.3 Bandwidth capacity consortium
2.2 Broadband and Internet statistics
2.3 Forecasts broadband internet services 2015; 2020
2.4 High-Speed Broadband (HSBB) network
2.4.1 Background
2.4.2 Commercial launch and operation
2.4.3 Second phase
2.4.4 Regional comparison
2.4.5 Pahang project
2.5 Development of Internet in Malaysia
2.5.1 Overview
2.5.2 Background
2.5.3 Malaysian Internet Exchange (MIX)
2.5.4 Other developments
2.5.5 Government control
2.6 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
2.7 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
2.8 Wireless broadband
2.8.1 Background development
2.8.2 WiMAX: 2.3GHz licences
2.8.3 WiMAX: other developments
2.8.4 WiMAX operators
2.9 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
2.10 Internet via satellite
2.11 Notes on scenario forecasts
3. Related reports
Table 1 NBP broadband penetration targets 2007 - 2010
Table 2 Fixed broadband subscribers 2002 - 2013
Table 3 Total broadband subscribers and household penetration 2009 - 2013
Table 4 Broadband subscribers by access type June 2013
Table 5 Fixed broadband subscribers and households 2012
Table 6 Internet users and penetration 1995 - 2013
Table 7 Total internet subscribers 1995 - 2012
Table 8 Dial-up Internet subscribers 1995 - 2009
Table 9 Total international internet bandwidth 1999 - 2013
Table 10 Forecast broadband internet subscribers 2015; 2020
Table 11 UniFi broadband subscribers and premises passed 2010 - 2012
Table 12 DSL subscribers 2001 - 2012
Table 13 Fttx subscribers 2001 - 2012
Table 14 Wireless hotspots and hotspot subscribers 2005 2013
Table 15 Packet One WiMAX subscribers 2009 - 2012
Table 16 YTL's WiMAX subscribers 2011 - 2012
Chart 1 - Total broadband subscribers and household penetration - 2009-2013
Chart 2 - Internet users and penetration 2005-2013

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