Malaysia ICT

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With mobile use in Malaysia having long surpassed the 100% penetration rate, market players are seeking to boost profits by increasing data subscriptions and non-voice value-added services. A number of increasingly affordable handsets, along with carrier promotions and subsidies, is driving rapid smartphone adoption – critical to boosting the data...

What progress has been made in increasing cooperation among local telecommunications firms?

The wireless broadband sector is moving into a new era with the roll-out of 4G services scheduled for 2013. The LTE spectrum assignment will increase speeds and lower congestion across networks, while a unique approach to regulation is expected to encourage both competition and collaboration.

While Malaysia boasts a growing cohort of tech-savvy consumers, many in the ICT industry see a shortage of skilled labour as one of the primary obstacles to growth in the sector. Malaysia ranked 36th out of 60 countries on the Global Talent Index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2009, and it was projected to drop to 39th place by 2015...

Long moribund, Malaysia’s fixed-line sector has been jumpstarted by the introduction of a nationwide high-speed broadband (HSBB) network, which has boosted Telekom Malaysia’s (TM) bottom line and promoted greater competition. TM’s flagship fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) project could offer millions of users broadband access while opening the door to...

The scope of Malaysia’s ICT ambitions is well captured by Cyberjaya, a technology centre launched by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in 1996 as an answer to Silicon Valley. The idea behind this smart city was to move past reliance on the primary and heavy industrial sectors to a service-driven model, as in the West and the Asian tigers of Hong Kong...

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