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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 2024 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.

Malaysia has seen a rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past seven 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 2024 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. Mobile operators continue to carry out 5G trial as they work towards this date.

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 2024.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

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


  • Synopsis
  • Market Overview and Analysis
    • Table Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
  • Mobile statistics
    • GENERAL STATISTICS AND FORECAST
      • Table Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2009 - 2024
      • Table Historic - mobile subscribers, annual growth and penetration rate - 1995 - 2011
      • Table Postpaid and prepaid mobile subscribers and market share - 2002 - 2018
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS AND FORECAST
      • Table Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2009 - 2024
  • Regulatory issues
    • SPECTRUM
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
  • Major mobile operators
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile operators and systems
      • Table Mobile subscribers and market share by operator - 2019
    • CELCOM AXIATA
      • Table Celcom - Revenue, EBITDA and CAPEX - 2013 - 2018
      • Table Celcom mobile subscribers, prepaid and postpaid - 2005 - 2019
      • Table Celcom ARPU - prepaid and postpaid - 2008 - 2018
      • Table Celcom - smartphone penetration - 2014 - 2018
      • Table Celcom - 4G / 4G LTE population coverage - 2016 - 2018
    • MAXIS COMMUNICATIONS
      • Table Maxis - Revenue and EBITDA - 2015 - 2018
      • Table Maxis mobile subscribers, prepaid and postpaid - 2006 - 2019
      • Table Maxis' wireless broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2018
      • Table Maxis mobile ARPU - 2007 - 2019
      • Table Maxis' smartphone penetration - 2014 - 2018
    • DIGI COMMUNICATIONS
      • Table Historic - Digi - Revenue, EBITDA and CAPEX - 2013 - 2017
      • Table DiGi mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2019
    • U MOBILE
      • Table U Mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2019
    • MVNOS
  • Mobile content and applications
    • M-COMMERCE
    • M-TV
    • SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS
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