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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 51.19 million connections in 2020. Among them were 43.72 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.

With about 422,470 webhosts, Malaysia is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 242,565 million 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 84.78 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Malaysia ranked 40th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 49.25 Mbit/second (31st place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 5th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Malaysia comes 68th with a download speed of 28.71 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 8 Mbit was only enough for 102nd place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2022 from 181 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 - 2020

Broadband internet in Malaysia 2001 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerMalaysia is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 90% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 10% 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 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Malaysia
Internet users28.99 m89.56 %379.21 m84.74 %
Broadband users3.36 m10.38 %163.72 m36.59 %
Landlines7.47 m23.07 %160.15 m35.79 %
Mobile cellulars43.72 m135.09 %540.56 m120.80 %

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