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Malaysia - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses


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Malaysia - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - 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. Of course, the country has a national objective to see Malaysia ranked as a developed country by the year 2020. This Vision 2020 was a concept introduced by the former Prime Minister Mr Mahathir in 1991 when he launched the Sixth Malaysia Plan.

The penetration of fixed lines in Malaysia continues to fall as the mobile segment continues to expand and dominate the market, especially the mobile broadband segment. Market penetration has dropped from 15.7% in 2012 to 14.0% in 2016.

Telekom Malaysia signed two public private partnership (PPP) agreements with the Government of Malaysia for the implementation of the High Speed Broadband Project Phase 2 (HSBB 2) and the Sub-Urban Broadband Project (SUBB). It will see the roll out a last mile access network to homes and businesses utilising fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), Ethernet-to-the-home (ETTH) and VDSL2 technologies.

The country's telecom sector, whilst still expanding and developing, has undergone a period of consolidation with its telecom companies operating in an ever increasingly competitive and changing market. Substantial government participation in ICT development has also been a particular characteristic of the Malaysian market. It has strongly backed the roll-out of a national broadband network.

Key developments:

Strong subscriber growth was continuing on the HSBB service (Malaysia's NBN).

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.

Telekom Malaysia arranged to establish a new Point of Presence (PoP) in Laos in collaboration with the Lao National Internet Centre (LANIC).

Telekom Malaysia signed of two public private partnership (PPP) agreements with the Government of Malaysia.

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.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
4.2 Historical overview
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.1.1 Telecom legislation
5.1.2 Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
5.2 Government policies eg Telecom sector liberalisation
5.2.1 MCMC policy
5.3 Privatisation and liberalisation
5.4 Universal Service Provision (USP)
5.5 Licences
5.6 Number Portability (NP)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Telekom Malaysia
6.1.1 Historical Overview
6.1.2 Financials
6.1.3 Fixed-line services
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.1.1 Fixed-line networks
7.2 New developments
7.2.1 Fibre Networks
7.2.2 Microwave Links
7.3 International infrastructure
7.3.1 International gateways
7.3.2 Satellite
7.3.3 Submarine networks
7.3.4 Submarine system developments
7.3.5 Proposed submarine cable networks
7.4 Specific IT developments
7.4.1 Data Centres
7.4.2 Cloud Computing
7.4.3 IT Security
8. Smart infrastructure
8.1 M2M/IoT
8.1.1 Internet of Things (IoT)
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2016
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2016
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Malaysia's GDP real growth rate 2006 - 2016
Table 8 Telekom Malaysia's ARPU - by service category 2011 - 2016
Table 9 Telekom Malaysia's capital expenditure 2007 - 2016
Table 10 Telekom Malaysia's fixed-line subscribers 2007 - 2016
Table 11 Historical - fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2005
Table 12 Fixed lines and teledensity 2012 - 2016
Table 13 Fixed-line household penetration rate 2000 - 2016
Chart 1- Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2012 - 2016
Exhibit 1 International submarine cable systems with landing points in Malaysia

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