Telecommunications in Malaysia

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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[edit]

Telephones - main lines in use: 4.589 million (2012)
Telephones - mobile cellular: 41.325 million (2012)
Telephone system: excellent international service
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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

The following channels are free-to-air:

Hotel-only in-house video channel[edit]

Pay-per-view providers[edit]



DVB-IPTV based[edit]

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

IPTV based[edit]


See also[edit]