Malaysia ICT Articles & Analysis

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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...

Long associated with call centres in low-income economies like India and the Philippines, outsourcing is seen as a growth industry in Malaysia under the government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). While Malaysia cannot compete with these cheaper competitors for basic services on the basis of cost, it is bidding for competiveness in higher-...

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic society of 29m split between the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. With a per-capita GDP that has hovered around $10,000 for the past decade, the country is struggling to escape a “middle-income trap”