Communications in Malaysia

The primary regulator of telecommunications in the Malaysia is the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). It issues licenses under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, the Postal Services Act 1991 and the Digital Signature Act 1997.

Telephony system and usage statistics

Telephones - main lines in use: 4.311 million (2nd Quarter 2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular: 28.545 million (2nd Quarter 2009)
Telephone system: international service good
domestic: good intercity service provided on Peninsular Malaysia mainly by microwave radio relay; adequate intercity microwave radio relay network between Sabah and Sarawak via Brunei; domestic satellite system with 2 earth stations
international: submarine cables to India, Hong Kong, and Singapore; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 1 Pacific Ocean)

Cellular communication

The major telecommunication companies in Malaysia are TM Berhad, Celcom (013, 019 and 0148), Maxis (012, 017 and 0142), DiGi (010, 016, 0146, 014-30, 014-31 and 014-32) and U Mobile (018). Also includes 4G Provider YES 4G and P1 WiMax which are fully Digital WiMAX Operators.

Radio usage statistics

Radio broadcast stations: AM 56, FM 31 (plus 13 repeater stations), shortwave 5 (1999)
Amateur Radio Stations: 2,000 (2006)
Radios: 9.1 million (1997)


Television broadcast stations: 27 (plus 15 high-power repeaters) (1999)
Televisions: 3.6 million (1997)

Terrestrial television stations

The following channels are free-to-air:

Hotel-only in-house video channel

Pay-per-view providers


DVB-IPTV based

  • MiTV - uses IP over DVB, pending rebranding as U Television and switch to encrypted DVB-T

IPTV based


  • Internet Users: 16.902 million (2009)
  • Internet - Dial-up: 3.86 million (2nd Quarter 2008)
  • Internet - Broadband: 2.115 million (2nd Quarter 2009)
  • Internet Service Providers (ISPs):
    • JARING - Dialup and broadband
    • Maxis Communications - Broadband, Utopia (Wi-fi), Blackberry
    • Nasionet
    • PersiaSYS - Cable and Wireless Broadband
    • Time - Webbit (Wireless broadband)
    • TM Net - Dialup and Streamyx (broadband)
    • DeConneXion - WiFi (Only in Sarawak) [1]
    • [2]
    • AMAX - WiMAX [3]
    • Yes 4G - WiMAX [4]
  • Country code (Top level domain): MY

See also

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