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. The country has a national objective to see Malaysia ranked as a developed country by the year 2020.

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. The fixed line market is predicted to gradually decline over the next five years to 2024 as mobile and mobile broadband penetration continue to increase.

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.

The Malaysian data centre market has seen strong recent growth which is predicted to continue over the next five years, growth has been strong from both local and international providers. Local Malaysian telcos are consolidating their data centre footprint, by leasing data centre space in third party data centres, a trend more evident in developed markets such as Singapore.

Key developments:

  • The penetration of fixed lines continues to fall as the mobile segment continues to expand and dominate the market.
  • The fixed line market is predicted to gradually decline over the next five years to 2024.
  • The Malaysian data centre market has seen strong recent growth.
  • In 2019/2020 an important telecoms development is occurring for Malaysia with the launch of the Kacific-1 satellite.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Telekom Malaysia; Maxis Communications; Celcom;; Time dotcom; Axiata; Alcatel-Lucent; U Mobile; Fibrecomm.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market overview and analysis
    • Regional Asian market comparison
    • Historical overview
  • Regulatory environment

    • Regulatory authority
      • Telecom legislation
      • Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
    • Government policies eg Telecom sector liberalisation
      • MCMC policy
    • Privatisation and liberalisation
    • Universal Service Provision (USP)
    • Licences
    • Number portability (NP)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Telekom Malaysia
      • Historical overview
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Fixed-line subscribers and forecast
    • Fibre networks
    • Microwave links
    • International infrastructure
      • International gateways
      • Satellite
      • Submarine networks
      • Submarine system developments
      • Proposed submarine cable networks
  • Data Centres

  • Smart infrastructure

    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Smart Cities
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2019 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telekom Malaysia’s ARPU - by service category – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Historic - Telekom Malaysia’s capital expenditure – 2007 – 2017
  • Table 4 – Historic - Telekom Malaysia’s fixed-line subscribers (millions) – 2007 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 6 – Historic - fixed lines in service and penetration – 1995 – 2006

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration – 2019; 2024
  • Chart 2 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 3 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 4 – Telecoms Maturity Index – South East Asia
  • Chart 5 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 6 – Current mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration rates in countries to benefit from the Kacific-1 satellite

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 – International submarine cable systems with landing points in Malaysia

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Last updated 2 Dec 2019
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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