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Telecommunication in Malaysia

The development of telecommunications in Malaysia is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +60, there were a total of 55.45 million connections in 2021. Among them were 47.20 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 422,470 webhosts, Malaysia is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 242,565 of these, or about 57 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 90.89 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Malaysia ranks 36th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 50.74 Mbit/second (35th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Malaysia comes 45th with a download speed of 43.46 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was only enough for 48th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Malaysia from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Malaysia 2001 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerMalaysia is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 97 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 11 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

Distribution in 2021Malaysia
Broadband users3.73 m11.12 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines8.25 m24.56 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars47.20 m140.59 %361.62 m108.96 %

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