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 trials as they work towards this date.
Axiata, Celcom, Maxis Communications, U Mobile; DiGi; Altel; Alcatel/Lucent; ZTE.
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