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Malaysia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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Malaysia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Malaysia's mobile market has made a remarkable recovery after having struggled at times. Even in the down times there has been evidence of the market's long term commitment to mobile communications, with consumers showing a particular eagerness to adopt mobile data services.

Since 2014 there has been a contraction in mobile subscriber penetration in Malaysia, due to a saturated market and challenging market conditions. After peaking in 2014 at 149%, market penetration has dropped to 146% in 2015 and 138% in 2016. In particular the two largest mobile providers Celcom Axiata and Maxis Communications have seen a significant reduction in their mobile subscriber base. A slight rise in mobile penetration is predicted for the next five years to 2021. Mobile subscriber market penetration is predicted to over 140% by 2021.

There has been very strong growth in the mobile broadband subscriber base in Malaysia since 2012. Growth has been driven by a strong and mature mobile subscriber market and high data caps.

Progress has been reported on closing the urban/rural divide, with expanding mobile infrastructure in rural areas.

Key developments:

ZTE entered a partnership with U Mobile for the development of 5G mobile broadband technologies.

Telekom Malaysia agreed to provide fibre backhaul to support U Mobile's LTE rollout.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) outlined plans to reallocate frequencies in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands among four telecoms operators by late 2016.

Celcom Axiata, Telekom Malaysia and Packet One Networks (P1) announced three core deals being related to TM Next-Gen Backhaul (NGBH), High Speed Broadband (HSBB) (Access) and domestic roaming services.

DiGi had introduced LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology to 28.8% of the nation's population.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Axiata, Celcom, Maxis Communications, U Mobile; DiGi; Altel; Alcatel/Lucent; ZTE,


1. Synopsis
2. Market Overview and Analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile broadband statistics
3.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
3.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Spectrum
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 5G
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Statistics
6.2 Celcom Axiata
6.3 Maxis Communications
6.3.1 LTE / 4G
6.4 Digi Communications
6.4.1 Overview
6.4.2 Operating statistics
6.4.3 4G / LTE
6.5 U Mobile
6.6 MVNOs
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 m-commerce
7.2 m-TV
7.3 Smartphones and tablets
8. Related reports
Table 1 Historical - mobile subscribers, annual growth and penetration rate 1995 - 2005
Table 2 Mobile subscribers, annual growth and penetration rate - 2006 - 2016
Table 3 Postpaid and prepaid mobile subscribers and market share 2002 2016
Table 4 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 - 2016
Table 5 Forecast mobile subscriber growth 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 6 - Mobile operators and systems
Table 7 - Mobile subscribers and market share by operator 2016
Table 8 Celcom mobile subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 9 Celcom prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2011 - 2016
Table 10 Celcom ARPU prepaid and postpaid 2008 - 2016
Table 11 Celcom's smartphone penetration 2014 - 2016
Table 12 Maxis mobile subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 13 Maxis prepaid and postpaid subscriber 2014 - 2016
Table 14 Maxis mobile ARPU 2007 - 2016
Table 15 Maxis' smartphone penetration 2014 - 2016
Table 16 Maxis' wireless broadband subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 17 DiGi mobile subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 18 DiGi prepaid and postpaid subscribers (thousands) 2014 - 2016
Table 19 DiGi's ARPU prepaid, postpaid, blended 2008 - 2015
Table 20 DiGi's mobile internet subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 21 U Mobile subscribers 2008 - 2016
Chart 1 - Mobile subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2016
Chart 2 - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 - 2016

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