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 have seen clear evidence of a shrinking fixed subscriber base. In the meantime, the mobile operators are locked in close combat: Celcom, with 12.3 million subscribers had the largest market share of the mobile market (31.3%) by mid-2015, very closely followed by Maxis with 31%. Digi followed in third place with 30% market share. By that stage the household broadband penetration in Malaysia had passed 70%, according to the MCMC.
This report takes a broad look at the growth in Malaysia's telecommunications sector and the stage 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.
Strong subscriber growth was continuing on the HSBB service (Malaysia's NBN). fixed line market penetration had fallen to 12% by mid-2015. MyRepublic, a start-up fibre broadband provider based in Singapore, expects to enter the Malaysian market by mid-2016. The Malaysian government released a National Internet of Things (IoT) Strategic Roadmap. Telekom Malaysia secured a 20-year contract to help construct, deploy and manage a new submarine cable system. Malaysian satellite communications services provider TS Global Network (TSGN) invested in a designated payload on APT's Apstar 9 satellite. Satellite broadband provider Hughes Network Systems won a key contract with Ipsat, a Malaysian VSAT service provider.
Companies mentioned 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, MyRepublic.