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

Synopsis

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.

Table of Contents

  • 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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Last updated 27 Aug 2018
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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