The changing landscape of the Malaysian telecom market has over time witnessed the restructuring of all the main players. The government has been a strong supporter of the rationalisation of what had been seen as an ‘overcrowded’ operator market at times, this concern referring specifically to the mobile segment. A particularly significant merger between Telekom Malaysia and Celcom took place early on, creating a lot of interest. At the same time, but with less fanfare, Maxis acquired Time dotCom’s mobile unit. These changes resulted in the number of mobile operators being effectively reduced from five to three. The 3G licensing process provided a boost to the market and also saw the arrival of another (fourth) player, U Mobile, after it was surprisingly awarded a 3G licence. The allocation of 3G mobile licences also proved controversial with one of the operators initially missing out then picking up a licence in a surprising fashion. More recently, incumbent Telekom Malaysia, as part of a major restructure, ‘decoupled’ its mobile and fixed-line businesses in a move that saw Celcom and its mobile operations become part of Telekom Malaysia International (TMI) which in turn became Axiata. Since then, Axiata has been building an influential regional presence in the mobile segment.
By mid-2015, the mobile operators were locked in close combat: Celcom, with 12.3 million subscribers, had the largest share of the mobile market (31.3%), very closely followed by Maxis with 31% and Digi with 30%.
This report looks at the significant telecom operators across the Malaysian market.
Telekom Malaysia; Celcom; Maxis Communications; Time dotcom; Axiata; U Mobile; U Telecom; DiGi; TM Touch; TM Cellular; TRI Celcom; Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB); TMNet; MyRepublic.
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