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


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

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 more than 40 million subscribers by early 2013, a penetration of over 140% and up from just 6 million subscribers in 2000. After starting off slowly, broadband internet has been expanding strongly in recent years and by mid-2013 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:

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 mid-2013;
Stage 1of the HSBB network build out by Telekom Malaysia was completed ahead of schedule;
The government had 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 in early 2014;
BDM submarine cable commissioned in 2012;
MEASAT-3b satellite planned launch deferred to March 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


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 Asia-Pacific Gateway (APG) cable
6.4.7 Satellite networks
6.5 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
6.6 Notes on scenario forecasts
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2013
Table 2 Telephone network statistics September 2013
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2012
Table 4 Broadband statistics September 2013
Table 5 Mobile statistics September 2013
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Malaysia's GDP real growth rate 2006 - 2014
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2013
Table 9 Fixed-line household penetration rate 2000 - 2013
Table 10 Forecast fixed-line subscribers 2015; 2020
Chart 1 - Malaysias GDP real growth rate - 2006-2014
Chart 2 - Fixed and Mobile subscribers in Malaysia: 1999 - 2012
Chart 3 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 2013
Exhibit 1 International submarine cable systems with landing points in Malaysia - 2013

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