Malaysia ICT

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Since early 2013, 4G long-term evolution (LTE) has been available in Malaysia. After a successful auction of the relevant spectrum, the major carriers almost immediately started offering the ultra high-speed wireless connection. However, though successful, the rollout has also been choppy. Different strategies, legacy technologies, high costs...

Chapter | Telecoms & IT from The Report: Malaysia 2014

In 2014 Malaysia’s ICT sector ranked highly in international indices, including internet and telephony competition, knowledge absorption and cluster development among other measures. Out of Malaysia’s population of 30m, 15.2m people use the most popular networking sites, spending an average of 16 hours a week online, far more than their counterparts in other South-east Asian countries. With a...

Malaysia’s natural resources and its well-educated population are some of the many credentials that keep the country in good stead, with priorities centred on preparing for the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 and steering the policy framework toward more inclusive political representation. The economy is built around global trade, and the government is working to encourage greater private investment.

A drive to bring Malaysia’s internet services up to speed is gathering pace, with ICT infrastructure earmarked for an investment boost next year and longer-term solutions, which could include a fibre optic network roll-out, under discussion.
Following the launch of Malaysia’s first long-term evolution (LTE) mobile telephone network in January, this year should see a rush to market as major operators look to expand their data earnings. The rollout of new technologies and products offered by telecoms firms in Malaysia is in line with growth in the region, which has ambitions to become a global leader in mobile broadband access.

What potential do you see for the continued growth of the penetration rate in the broadband market?

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