Telecommunication in Malaysia

The development of telecommunications in Malaysia is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +60, there were a total of 52.05 m connections in 2019. Among them were 44.60 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Malaysia is back. Around 84% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 9% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 422,470 webhosts, Malaysia is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 102.91 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Malaysia ranked 45th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 54.72 Mbit/second (40th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Malaysia comes 86th with a download speed of 27.52 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was enough for 102nd place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 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% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Malaysia from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Malaysia 2001 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019

Distribution in 2019Malaysia
Internet users26.91 m84.21 %382.04 m85.43 %
Broadband users2.96 m9.28 %158.30 m35.40 %
Landlines7.45 m23.31 %165.48 m37.00 %
Mobile cellulars44.60 m139.60 %542.60 m121.33 %