The Malaysian government is actively trying to increase the number of internet users in the country. As such, there have been large investments in fibre optic connectivity and wireless zones.
With a number of local service providers offering competitive rates, it's easy to connect with friends and family across the globe.
Text messages and phone calls within Malaysia are reasonably priced, and it’s relatively simple to set up either a cellular telephone or internet connection. There are also many WiFi hotspots across big cities such as Kuala Lumpur.
Internet in Malaysia
Internet technology in Malaysia has improved over the last few years, though it is still slower than what expats may be used to in their home countries. In Kuala Lumpur, internet connectivity is good, but outside of major cities, the infrastructure is lacking considerably.
Internet cafes, restaurants and coffee shops do provide wireless internet access, but this is usually only in larger cities.
Prominent internet service providers include the likes of TIME, Maxis and TM Unifi.
Mobile phones in Malaysia
Mobiles, or 'handphones' as they are referred to in Malaysia, are available from a wide range of providers. Expats can use their cellphones from their home country, and just sign up for a local SIM card.
Mobile service providers offer competitive rates thanks to the number of rivals that exist in Malaysia. Expats should shop around to find the best offers and deals, and can sign up for pre-paid or post-paid mobile services. Both are readily available and require little paperwork.
The most prominent mobile providers include Maxis, Celcom and DiGi.
English-language media in Malaysia
English media is widely available in Malaysia. Local English-language newspapers include The Edge, Malay Mail and New Straits Times. There are a number of other English newspapers and magazines available in Malaysia, and it also isn't difficult to find imported publications.
►Banking, Money and Taxes in Malaysia provides essential information on expat money matters
►Visit the page about Transport and Driving for some insight into getting around Malaysia
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