The telecommunications sub-sector covers activities related to communications and multimedia (telecommunications, postal and broadcasting) regulated by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
A total of RM4.98 billion investments were approved in the period of January to September 2019. The 402 telecommunications-related projects were driven by domestic sources.
The National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan, NFCP (2019 – 2023) aims to provide sustainable, comprehensive, high quality and affordable connectivity. The Government continues to encourage the involvement of people and business in developing the digital economy in Malaysia in the face of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
For faster and more efficient connectivity, telecommunications players are already laying the groundwork for the fifth generation (5G) of mobile internet connectivity boasting super-fast speeds and more stable connections. 5G promises more affordable data plans, higher speed and capacity, and improved coverage that will help businesses relying on IoT and smart machines. One area set to benefit is in network slicing or Network Function Virtualisation in which business-critical systems can stay agile over mobile internet as network services are developed by software to speed up services. Other areas that can benefit from 5G include eHealth, security systems and remote investigations.
Total Approved Investments
(January – September 2019)
Objectives of National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP)
An initiative to provide an established, pervasive, high quality and affordable digital connectivity for the well-being of its citizens and the progress of the nation.
The National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP)
Fibre network passes 70% of schools, hospitals,
libraries, police stations, and post offices by 2022
Average speed of 30Mbps in 98% of populated areas by 2023
Full availability for premises in state capitals and selected high impact areas with a minimum speed of 500 Mbps by 2021
Source: Q1 2020 Facts & Figures, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
1. Broadband, mobile-cellular and fixed-telephone refers to a penetration rate of every 100 inhabitants.
2. Pay TV refers to a penetration rate of every 100 households.