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Internet of Things Connected Devices to almost triple to over 38 Billion units by 2020

New data from Juniper Research revealed that the number of IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices will number 38.5 billion in 2020, up from 13.4 billion in 2015: a rise of over 285%. The “Internet of things” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and home. 

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IDC: Samsung shipped 5.5 million smartphones in 1Q15, No.1 in SEA

Samsung shipped 5.5 million smartphones in 1Q15 and has a a market share of 23% in South East Asia (SEA) according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. The total smartphone shipments in the South East Asia (SEA) region reached approximately 24 million units in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15), posting a year-over-year (YoY) growth of ...

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Prepaid Calls/SMS/Internet pricing to increase 6% with GST in 6 months

Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek recently announced that prepaid reload pricing will soon retain its face value, for example, a RM10 reload will cost RM10 to purchase. However consumers will still need to pay for 6% Government Service Tax (GST) when prepaid services including data/Internet, voice calls, SMS are used. This means GST is applied ...

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Prepaid Reloads will continue to be sold with GST

Prepaid reloads will continue to be sold with the additional 6% Government Service Tax (GST) despite the Customs Department have said today that it could revert to pre-GST pricing starting May 2015. Since April 1st, the Telcos (Maxis, Celcom Axiata, Digi, U Mobile, Tune Talk, Altel & others) have started imposing a 6% GST on top of prepaid reloads. The Malaysian ...

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IDC: Samsung still No.1 in Malaysia, 10 million smart devices shipped in 2014

In 2014 nearly 10 million units of smart devices were shipped into Malaysia with smartphones outnumbering tablets by a ratio of nearly four to one, revealed market research firm IDC. Samsung continues to dominate the Malaysian smart device smartphone market with a 30% market share in 2014 continued by Lenovo at 17%, Asus at 9%, Oppo at 7% and Apple ...

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MCMC said Prepaid Reload subjected to GST, will assess implementation

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) released a media statement today to clarify on the issue of prepaid reload pricing and the 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST). “I have been briefed by the celcos on this matter. From the beginning, communications services have not been included in the list of items which are exempted or zero-rated from GST, ...

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Prepaid Reloads will be priced higher with GST, comes with free voice & SMS for the 1st 3-months

As 1st reported on the MalaysianWireless Facebook, prepaid reloads from the Telcos including Maxis, Celcom Axiata, DiGi, U Mobile, Tune Talk and the others will be priced higher with the 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST). Yesterday, the Malaysian Government have said that the prepaid reload pricing will not be increased as GST will replace the previous 6% sales and ...

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Government said Prepaid Reload pricing will be maintained but Telcos choose to add 6% GST

The Malaysian Government implemented the 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) starting today (1st April 2015) including on all goods and services consumed in the telecommunications sector. GST is replacing both the current Sales Tax and Service Tax and is part of the government’s tax reform programme “to enhance the capability, effectiveness and transparency of the country’s tax administration and ...

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Frost & Sullivan: Celcom customers most loyal, U Mobile most recommended Telco

Market research firm, Frost & Sullivan conducted an online survey from October to November 2014, involving 1,300 respondents, randomly selected from consumer online panels, to measure customer experience in the telecommunications sector in Malaysia. Hazmi Yusof, Country Head & Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan said that based on the Frost & Sullivan’s Malaysia Telecommunications Services Customer ...

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PIKOM expect ICT sales to drop up to 30% with GST Implementation

The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) shared its outlook on the country’s ICT sector with the imminent impact of the 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) which is to be implemented on April 1st 2015. Due to the general uncertainties arising from the imposition of the 6% GST on technology products (currently zero percent under the Sales and Service ...

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MCMC issued a total of RM1.01mil compound to Telcos

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has issued 23 compounds totaling RM1.01 million to 4 Telcos and 2 MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) on the issue of dropped calls and personal information of prepaid users leaked to 3rd parties. In a media statement, released in Bahasa Malaysia, made no mention about the time or period of the dropped call ...

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Ovum Comment: Five takeaways from Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 welcomed a record number of visitors and exhibitors through its doors. The event has morphed from a mobile industry congress to a broader ICT–TMT–mobility fair at which telecoms meets digital media, IT, and entertainment. The extent to which the telecoms industry is part of this broader technology and entertainment landscape is a moot point. With ...

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IDC: Top 10 Predictions for Malaysia Telecom Market in 2015

Market research firm, International Data Corporation (IDC) revealed the top 10 predictions that IDC believes will have the biggest impact on the Malaysia telecom industry in Malaysia this year. Malaysia telecom service providers are expected to redefine its strategies, transform its organizations, launch new solutions and technologies to retain its growth and stay relevant in market.

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Dato’ Sri Dr. Halim Shafie appointed as Chairman of MCMC

Dato’ Sri Dr. Halim Shafie has been appointed the new Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). He is replacing Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi who’s contract ended on December 31. Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek made the announcement to Bernama on Sunday.

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MCMC Chairman contract ends, might be reappointed

Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Dato’ Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi’s contract has ended and not renewed for another term, according to a local news report. TheMalaysianInsider reported that the chairman’s two year contract ended on December 31 and sources say the Chief Executive of Services and Support Tengku Zaib Raja Ahmad is now the acting chairman ...

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