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An Expert's View about IT and Telecommunications in Malaysia

Last updated: 21 Mar 2011

Malaysia is one of the fastest growing information and communications technology (ICT) markets in Asia, with the ICT sector contributing 9.8% of GDP in 2009.

Sector briefing Information Communications Technologies (ICT) & Creative Media: Opportunities in Malaysia Overview Malaysia is one of the fastest growing information and communications technology (ICT) markets in Asia, with the ICT sector contributing 9.8% of GDP in 2009. This is expected to increase to 10.2% by 2015 as a result of the convergence of industries to digitalisation. The Malaysian Government is focused on developing Malaysia into a high-income economy; and in 1996, invested heavily in creating the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) to attract domestic and foreign investors to its For more general information on Malaysian ICT industry. World-class international ICT market conditions, please visit the UKTI companies who have taken advantage and set website. The Doing Business Guide for Malaysia up their base of regional and global operations gives an overview of the Malaysian economy, here include ACS, BMW, DHL, HSBC, IBM, business culture, potential opportunities and an Intel, Motorola, Nokia, Shell, Unisys and many introduction to other relevant issues regarding others. The MSC currently serves as the doing business in Malaysia. backbone of the Malaysian ICT infrastructure, and is supported by a high-speed link that ICT Coverage (2009) connects it to Japan, other ASEAN countries; USA and Europe. As an MSC Malaysia status company, UK businesses will enjoy the Cellular Phone: 106.2% (30.4 million advantages of having a regional HQ within a subscriptions) location with a world-class physical WiMAX services: 5% subscription infrastructure, cutting-edge communications infrostructure, framework for intellectual Mobile 3G/HSPA: 35.4% broadband property protection and cyberlaws, financial connection (927,800 subscriptions) and non-financial incentives. 3G: 7.3 million subscriptions Hotspot Locations: 2,846 Fixed Line: 43.6% per 100 households Broadband: 34.2% per 100 households (2.4 million subscribers) UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ICT & Creative Media in Malaysia systems and mobile healthcare solutions); Opportunities education (including online assessments) and financial services - especially in Islamic The development and widespread use of ICT banking. are central to the realisation of ?Vision 2020? the Malaysian Government?s vision of Malaysia becoming a fully developed country by 2020. Telecommunications ICT usage has improved efficiencies among Malaysian enterprises and has therefore Telecommunications service providers are directly increased Malaysia?s competitiveness in represented by the main telecommunications the global economy. players, TM, Maxis, DiGi, Time and U Mobile. Government-linked fixed-line incumbent TM Today, Malaysia has moved into a higher level have an extensive telecommunications of industrial development focusing on high infrastructure in place, serving Malaysia?s technology, capital-intensive, high value- highly urbanised population. In September added, knowledge-based and skills-intensive 2007, TM split its fixed-line and mobile industries; incorporating design and businesses into two separate companies, with development, and research and development TM retaining the fixed-line business while TM activities. Business opportunities to explore in International took up the mobile business. TM Malaysia are detailed below: - International rebranded itself in May 2009 as Axiata Group which includes TM?s domestic Creative Media mobile operator, Celcom, as well as international mobile subsidiaries in Asia. The creative industry currently contributed Telecommunications sector revenue amounted about 1.6% of GDP in 2009. Emphasis to to RM35.5 billion in 2009, a growth of 0.08% develop the industry will be on creative from 2008. Opportunities for investors include: multimedia, especially animation for new telecommunication technologies, optical simulation, advertising and entertainment, and fibres, synthesis equipment, new generation games development. The Malaysia Creative networking and digital equipment. Content Centre (MAC3) Co-Production Fund, set up by the Multimedia Development Corp Electrical & Electronics (MDeC) is aimed at assisting MSC-status companies to collaborate with reputable foreign The electronics industry is categorised under companies so as to accelerate the development three sub-sectors: of talent and technology. A National Creative Industry Policy will be formulated and the ? consumer electronics (colour TV National Digital Terrestrial Television receivers, audio visual products); Broadcasting (DTTB) project will be rolled-out ? electronic components (semiconductor to help spur the expansion of related creative devices, passive components, printed industries. With DTTB technology, more circuits); content will be delivered more efficiently. ? electrical (industrial equipment sub- sector, electrical component sub-sector, Software and household appliances). As part of Vision 2020 the use of ICT is being Electronics is the largest single contributor to aggressively promoted by the Government in the manufacturing sector, accounting for all industries. MSC Malaysia is identifying and 26.1% of manufacturing output. Opportunities supporting the development of niche areas in to further develop the industry include software and e-solutions, creative multimedia, automation, miniaturisation, digitisation and shared services and outsourcing as well as e- multimedia applications. Meanwhile, business. Cloud computing services will be specialisation in semiconductors, embedded developed to provide SMEs with critical systems, optoelectronics, radio frequency and software applications for customer relations wireless will be promoted by the government. managament, enterprise resource planning, supply-chain management, human resource If you have any questions on the opportunities management, and financial and accounting above, contact the UKTI Malaysia contacts management. Niche areas for applications named in this report. Business opportunities development include healthcare, (including aimed specifically at UK companies are added clinical care system integration, paperless UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ICT & Creative Media in Malaysia daily to UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 markets. You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI website. Find out more on UKTI?s business opportunities service on the UKTI website UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ICT & Creative Media in Malaysia Major events and activities UKTI contacts Business Success Forum (in conjunction Azrita Abdul Kadir with National ICT Month 2010) Trade Manager British High Commission Venue: Sime Darby Convention Centre 185 Jalan Ampang Organiser: PIKOM (The National ICT 50450 Kuala Lumpur Association of Malaysia) Tel: ++ 60 3 2170 2313 Contact: G?ny Chin, Secretariat Fax: ++ 60 3 2170 2285 Tel: +603-7955 2922 E-mail: AzritaAbdul.Kadir@fco.gov.uk E-mail: gny@pikom.org.my Website: https://ukinmalaysia.fco.gov.uk Website: www.pikom.org.my Dates: 4-5 August 2010 INTRADE Malaysia 2010 Venue: MATRADE Exhibition & Convention Centre Organiser: MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation) Contact: - Tel: +603- 6207 7077 E-mail: info@matrade.gov.my Website: www.intrademalaysia.my Dates: 9-11 November 2010 Outsourcing Malaysia Conference 2010 Venue: KL Convention Centre Organiser: Outsourcing Malaysia (a chapter of PIKOM) Contact: Tiffany Chung, Project Manager Tel: +603-7955 2922 E-mail: - Website: www.pikom.org.my Dates: 10-11 November 2010 PIKOM Digital Lifestyle Expo 2010 Venue: KL Convention Centre Organiser: PIKOM (The National ICT Association of Malaysia) Contact: Tiffany Chung, Project Manager Tel: +603-7955 2922 E-mail: tiffany@pikom.org.my Website: www.pikom.org.my Dates: 10-12 December 2010 UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ICT & Creative Media in Malaysia Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Malaysian market are advised you to meet contacts and promote your to undertake as much market research and company in the Chinese market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Malaysia, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Chinese market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ICT & Creative Media in Malaysia
Posted: 21 March 2011, last updated 21 March 2011

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