The government owns and operates a well-developed and well equipped telecommunications system. Automatic dialling for the majority of exchanges is provided by a VHF radio circuit. In 2010, there were an estimated 4.573 million mainline telephones in use. Also in that same year, there were approximately 34.456 million mobile phones in use. Telegraph and radio-telephone connections link Peninsular Malaysia with most foreign countries.
State-owned RTM operates two free-to-air terrestrial local television channels licensed to broadcast in Malaysia, as well as 32 radio channels nationwide. Media Prima is the parent company of four television channels and three radio channels. Broadcasts are in English, Malay, five Chinese dialects, Tamil, and numerous local languages and dialects. As of 2001 Malaysia had 35 AM and 391 FM radio stations and one television station. In 2000, there were 420 radios and 168 televisions sets for every 1,000 people.
In 2009, there were 15.355 million internet subscribers.
Telephones - main lines in use :
4.573 million (2010)
Telephones - mobile cellular :
34.456 million (2010)
Telephone system :
general assessment: modern system featuring good intercity service on Peninsular Malaysia provided mainly by microwave radio relay and an adequate intercity microwave radio relay network between Sabah and Sarawak via Brunei; international service excellent
domestic: domestic satellite system with 2 earth stations; combined fixed-line and mobile-cellular teledensity 150 per 100 persons
international: country code - 60; landing point for several major international submarine cable networks that provide connectivity to Asia, Middle East, and Europe; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean, 1 Pacific Ocean) (2008)
Broadcast media :
state-owned television broadcaster operates 2 TV networks with relays throughout the country, and the leading private commercial media group operates 4 TV stations with numerous relays throughout the country; satellite TV subscription service is available; state-owned radio broadcaster operates multiple national networks as well as regional and local stations; large number of private commercial radio broadcasters and some subscription satellite radio services are available; about 400 radio stations overall (2008)
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Internet users :
15.355 million (2009)