Malaysia ICT Articles & Analysis

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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?

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?