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.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Malaysia is back. Around 90% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 10% 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. 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 107.55 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Malaysia ranked 46th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 55.99 Mbit/second (44th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 25th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Malaysia comes 82nd with a download speed of 31.34 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was only enough for 101st place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in September 2021 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

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Malaysia
Internet users28.99 m89.56 %393.47 m87.87 %
Broadband users3.36 m10.38 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines7.47 m23.07 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars43.72 m135.09 %541.96 m121.03 %

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