Malaysia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
With its widespread application of modern technologies such as fibre optics, wireless transmission, digitalisation and satellite services, Malaysia has built one of the more advanced telecom networks in the developing world. The country has a national objective to see Malaysia ranked as a developed country by the year 2020.
Malaysia's mobile market is relatively developed compared to other Asian markets but has experienced a slight decline in market penetration over the last five years due to an increasingly saturated market. Flat to very slow growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to a saturated mobile subscriber market and strong local competition.
Progress has been reported on closing the urban/rural divide, with expanding mobile infrastructure in rural areas.
There three major mobile operators are Maxis, Celcom Axiata and DiGi. In May 2017 Celcom Axiata carried out what is claimed to be Malaysia's first 5G trial. The test was also said to have demonstrated futuristic 5G use cases, such as robotic control, connected environment, virtual reality, Internet of Things (IoT) applications and 4K video streaming.
Malaysia has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years driven by strong growth of 4G mobile subscribers and high data caps. Slowing growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022 as the market reaches a heightened state of maturity.
ZTE entered a partnership with U Mobile for the development of 5G mobile broadband technologies.
Celcom Axiata carried out what is claimed to be Malaysia's first 5G trial.
Malaysia has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years.
Slowing mobile broadband growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
Axiata, Celcom, Maxis Communications, U Mobile; DiGi; Altel; Alcatel/Lucent; ZTE,