Malaysia Mobile Penetration - DIGITAL MEDIA ACROSS ASIA
Malaysia Mobile Penetration
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Looking outward: international comparison
1) Mobile phones in ASEAN Countries
2) Mobile phones in 10 biggest trading partners
Looking inward: national statistics on mobile phone users
5) 3G subscriptions
6) Type of access
|Looking Outward: International Comparison|
| 1) Mobile phones in ASEAN countries (per 100 inhabitants) |
85.1% of Malaysians are using mobile phones. In terms of mobile penetration rate, she is in the third position, only behind Singapore and Thailand.
|2) Mobile phones in 10 biggest trading partners (per 100 inhabitants)|
Compared to her 10 biggest trading partners, Malaysia is trailing behind countries such as Hong Kong and Singapore. However, she is still ahead of Japan, USA, China, and Indonesia.
|Looking Inward: National Statistics on Mobile Phone Users|
| 1) Growth (per 100 inhabitants) |
By 2009, there were 100.8 mobile phones per 100 Malaysians. This tells us that each Malaysian may own more than one mobile phone. Compared to 2000, when the penetration rate was a mere 21.8%, the number of mobile phone users in Malaysia has since grown significantly.
| 2) Gender (per 100 inhabitants) |
In the year 20007, there were 56.4% of Malaysian mobile phone users were male, while 43.6% were female. Both male and female showed a similar interest in the use of mobile phone.
| 3) Location (per 100 inhabitants) |
The highest mobile penetration rate can be observed in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Mobile phone penetration rate stood at 91.4% in 2007 for the capital. This is followed by Melaka and Selangor.
| 4) SMS |
Usage of SMS service peaked at 1713 per mobile subscriptions in 2006. The number dropped to 730 in 2007. The number remained at a low of 756 smses per subscription throughout 2008.
| 5) 3G subscriptions |
Malaysian 3G subscriptions grew tremendously from a mere 427 in 2006, to a whopping 4366 in 2008.
| 6) Type of Access (per 100 inhabitants) |
84.4% of Malaysians used GPRS to access internet via mobile phone. While 16.5% used 3G, 12.1% used WAP service, and only 1.5% used EDGE.