According to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), total broadband subscription was at 43.48 million in 2019.
“From the amount, 2.95 million was for fixed broadband subscription which is an increase of 10.9% compared to 2.66 million in 2018,” MCMC said in a statement.
Furthermore, mobile broadband subscription has recorded an increase by 9.9 percent to 40.43 million compared to 36.79 million in 2018. For coverage in populated areas, 3G coverage was at 95.5 percent in 2019 compared to 94.7 percent in 2018.
4G LTE coverage was noted to be at 82.2 percent in 2019 as compared to 79.7 percent in 2018. MCMC highlights that an increasing trend can also be seen in the number of mobile cellular subscriptions.
Total number of mobile cellular subscriptions was at 4.46 million in 2019, recording an increase of 5.2 percent compared to 42.41 million in the previous year.
“This increase was driven by various factors such as quality coverage expansion, increased capability, better service quality, and increase in data and smartphone usage,” MCMC said.
“High usage of broadband was reported throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO) period. Realising that fact, the government announced the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package (PRIHATIN) on 27 March with special package offered including free Internet of 1GB per day to ease daily tasks among the public,” it added.
The Commission also said that the five-year National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NCFP) aims to upgrade the country’s digital connectivity, especially in rural areas.
“NFCP will ensure that the people will be able to enjoy quality broadband experience that can bridge the digital divide between residents in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, as well as the urban and rural area.”