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

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

Malaysia's mobile market is relatively developed compared to other Asian markets but has experienced a slight decline in market penetration over the last four years due to an increasingly saturated market.

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.

Flat to very slow growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023 in the mobile subscriber market. It 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.

During the 2017-18 period Celcom Axiata and Maxis saw a significant decrease in mobile subscribers due to heightened competition.

Malaysia has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five to six years driven by strong growth of 4G mobile subscribers and high data caps. Strong but slowing growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023 as the market reaches a heightened state of maturity. The mobile broadband market will be driven by increasingly faster speeds offered by the mobile operators as they roll out their 4G and 5G networks and improving tariffs due to strong competition.

It is predicted that 5G will be used widely in Malaysia by 2022-2023. Ericsson has been collaborating with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Celcom Axiata Bhd to conduct ground studies on the implementation of 5G.

Key developments:

It is predicted that 5G will be used widely in Malaysia by 2022-2023.
Malaysia has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past six years.
Slowing mobile broadband growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023.

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 and Forecast
3.2 Mobile broadband statistics and Forecast
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Spectrum
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 5G
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Operator Statistics
6.2 Celcom Axiata
6.3 Maxis Communications
6.4 Digi Communications
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 Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 2 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2023
Table 3 Historic - mobile subscribers, annual growth and penetration rate 1995 - 2011
Table 4 Postpaid and prepaid mobile subscribers and market share 2002 2018
Table 5 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 - 2023
Table 6 - Mobile operators and systems
Table 7 - Mobile subscribers and market share by operator 2018
Table 8 Celcom Revenue, EBITDA and CAPEX - 2013 - 2017
Table 9 Celcom mobile subscribers, prepaid and postpaid - 2005 - 2018
Table 10 Celcom ARPU prepaid and postpaid 2008 - 2018
Table 11 Celcom - smartphone penetration 2014 - 2018
Table 12 Celcom 4G / 4G LTE population coverage 2016 - 2018
Table 13 Maxis Revenue and EBITDA - 2015 - 2018
Table 14 Maxis mobile subscribers, prepaid and postpaid 2006 - 2018
Table 15 Maxis' wireless broadband subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 16 Maxis mobile ARPU 2007 - 2018
Table 17 Maxis' smartphone penetration 2014 - 2018
Table 18 Digi Revenue, EBITDA and CAPEX - 2013 - 2017
Table 19 DiGi mobile subscribers 2006 - 2018
Table 20 DiGi's ARPU 2008 - 2017
Table 21 DiGi's mobile internet subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 22 U Mobile subscribers 2008 - 2018
Chart 1 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 - 2023
Chart 2 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 - 2023

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