3. Malaysian Internet OverviewMalaysia's telecommunications network is more advanced than any other in South-east Asia with the exception of Singapore. In 2000, the number of telephone lines per 1,000 population in Malaysia stood at 210, more than twice of Thailand, and six to eight times that of the Philippines and Indonesia. Use of cellular phones is growing rapidly in Asian countries.
The Malaysian government has been an enthusiastic supporter of Internet technology since the early nineties, and has employed a range of policies to encourage Malaysian businesses to venture online. It has also invested in large projects such as the Multimedia Super Corridor, a 50km area stretching north from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport which has attracted more than 900 local and international IT and communication companies.
The network contains a high-speed link (10Gb/s network) that connects the MSC to Japan, ASEAN, the US and Europe, and is capable of supporting extensive public administration, education and business applications. The intent of the superhighway is to provide quality access to global information as quickly and easily as possible.
The number of Internet users increased from 13,000 in 1995 to about 9.8m in December 2007. There are five major Internet service providers in Malaysia in 2001.
As with market trends in most economies, demand for telecommunications services in Malaysia is expected to continue to expand rapidly...