Malaysia – Telecoms Market Intelligence Alert


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Malaysia’s communications and multimedia industry – represented by telecommunications operators Telekom Malaysia, Maxis Communications, DiGi.com, and Time dotCom as well as postal operator Pos Malaysia and broadcasters ASTRO and Media Prima – was worth approximately M$26,800 million in 2005, up by 9.4% from M$24,500 million in 2004. In 2005, the communications and multimedia industry as a whole (including broadcasters, postal service providers, and value-added service providers) constituted 10.2% of Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP), up from 9.7% in the previous year.

Government-controlled incumbent fixed-line operator Telekom Malaysia continues to dominate the market, accounting for around 59% of total communications revenue, 88% of total fixed-line services revenues, and – via its Celcom subsidiary – 41% of total cellular telephony service revenues in 2005. In the fixed-line market, its major competitors are TIME dotCom and Maxis Communications. In the cellular sector, it squares off against Maxis Mobile and DiGi.com. Telekom Malaysia and Maxis each received third-generation (3G) universal mobile telecommunications service (UMTS) licences in 2003 and both companies began offering commercial services in 2005. DiGi.com did not pursue a 3G licence in 2003, but did submit a bid for one of two new licences auctioned in early-2006; however, it lost out to fixed-line operator TIME dotCom and pay-TV operator MITV. The new licensees will operate as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). It has been suggested that DiGi.com may buy TIME dotCom, but no formal takeover talks had been announced at the time of writing.

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