Other Utility Providers in Peninsula Malaysia
Updated: Jun 27
We already know the primary utility providers in peninsula Malaysia from previous post. If not, feel free to read it. Before starting, let's review the 3 categories of utility providers available in peninsular Malaysia.
Primary Utility Providers (Whole Peninsula)
Other Utility Providers (Whole Peninsula)
Utility Providers by State and District
For this topic we will focus on other utility providers that cover whole peninsula Malaysia. Some of them only focuses on a few states, some focus on urban areas only and some cover the entire peninsula. The companies involved are almost all private companies. There are 2 types of services that involve this category, that is
Some of these companies are so popular in the community and some are not popular but provide their services to international and high profile clients. They compete with each other to be the best service provider among them and an advantage on the customer as there are many options of companies offering this service.
1) Popular Telecommunication Company
Let’s list the companies that are famous in the eyes of the public where their advertising are everywhere. There are billboards, contests, TV shows, media social ads (FB, IG, Google and etc) and various offline campaigns like roadshows and even sponsoring reality shows, sport and charity programs.
Before we start, telecommunication companies in Malaysia can be divided into 3 categories namely
Mobile Cellular + Broadband
Here are the popular telecommunications companies in Malaysia
Telekom Malaysia (TM)
Why are there no U mobile, Yes, Tune Talk, RedONE, Astro, NJOI dan MYTV? Because only the 5 companies above use cable either overhead or underground cable. Apart from the 5 companies above, they use antennas installed in telecommunication towers, including 5 companies as well.
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Telecommunication towers are also called radio masts are typically tall structures designed to support antennas for telecommunications and broadcasting, including television. Apart from them using telecommunication towers, some of them are rent facilities from the 5 companies such us Astro broadband are using maxis infra and Maxis are using TM infra.
That’s why we’ve never seen a manhole on the street other than the 5 companies above. These are some manhole on the street and we can see the company name on the manhole cover.
2) Others Telecommunication Company
Here are telcos that are not popular in the eyes of the public but have their own cables and manholes that serve international and high profile customers.
Others (ABN, Aries, etc)
Who are the users of the above company?
Fibrecomm Network (M) Sdn Bhd (“Fibrecomm”) was formed for the development of fibre optic telecommunication network utilizing TNB’s electrical transmission lines and distribution infrastructure. Fibrecomm was initially owned as Celcom Advance Network Services Sdn Bhd and now Fibercomm shareholder is Telekom Malaysia (TM) and Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).
Network Coverage Fibrecomm
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Most Fibrecomm cables are located on the TNB Transmission Line and there are also underground cables in some places. More about Fibrecomm
Fiberail is very similar to Fibrecomm in that this is the result of a joint-venture of several other large companies. Fiberail Sdn Bhd (Fiberail), incorporated in 1992, is a joint-venture company between Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM Berhad) and Petrofibre Network (M) Sdn Bhd (PFN).
Fiberail owns three fibre optic cable networks along the railway and gas pipeline corridor from Padang Besar in Perlis to Johor Bahru and branches out from Gemas to Tumpat and Rantau Panjang in Kelantan. The network passes through almost all major towns in Malaysia and is suitable for the conveyance of voice, data and video.
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Fiberail’s network coverage extends to the East Coast particularly to Pahang and Terengganu via the Petronas gas pipeline corridor. Fiberail commissioned the Metro Ethernet services in the Klang Valley and Cyberjaya. More about Fibrail
Apart from TNB which is the main supplier of electricity as in the previous post, there are also private companies and government agencies that have their own electricity facilities supplied by TNB and all the assets are their property.
Among the list of other utility owners are
Highway Concession Company
Public Works Department (JKR)
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All amenities belonging to them are included roadside advertisements, billboards, buildings, traffic lights, signages, bus-stops and telephone kiosks along the right of way (ROW) of public roads (JKR road) and highways.