Last update: 01-10-2013 - older versions

Since the launch of its first pilot DAB+ trials in late 2009 in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, there is no decision yet on the time line for the implementation of digital radio and broadcasting services in Malaysia. Currently, the sole DAB+ equipment (from head-end to transmitter) are owned and operated by the public broadcaster, Radio TV Malaysia (RTM).

In February 2013, RTM invited local agencies such as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), various members of the local radio industry and Telecoms Malaysia to a joint field trial study. Some elements of the field trials included identifying minimum reception figures for in building reception loss, minimum figures for acceptable mobile reception and speed tests.

Considering the conservative power of the trial DAB+ transmitter of 1 kW, the results of the field trial looks promising and are in line with figures already established by the ITU and in broadcasting agencies in Australia.
Currently 15 FM radio programs are made available on the DAB+ platform, nine from RTM and six from the commercial radio stations.

Efforts are now underway to study/familiarise staff with other aspects of the DAB+ system such as adding Slideshow (SLS) and text (DL) in order to maximize the full potential of DAB+. Therefore, Malaysia is still currently at a stage of gaining familiarity, experience and confidence with DAB+ technology.

Last update: 15-10-2012

In this country there is

on air.

In this country there is one trial local multiplex on air with three simulcast data services and 15 DAB+ simulcast services 

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 15 0 15
Data services 3 0 3

Last update: 26-11-2013 - older versions

Malaysia ran a DMB trial between January and mid-March 2008. It was a technical trial, organised with support from the regulator: the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). The trial involved one transmitter on the Kuala Lumpur Tower plus a filler transmitter at the MCMC head office in Cyberjaya. It was broadcast on Band III, Channel 11B and carried two radio services and two TV channels. 

Last update: 03-10-2013 - older versions

Key features of digital radio regulation in Malaysia include;

  • Band III has been identified for DAB
  • There is an allocation for a “Digital Multimedia Services (DMS)” in the L-Band (1452 – 1492 MHz)

The first edition of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s Spectrum Plan was released on 1 January 2002 which identified Eureka 147 (DAB) as a Digital Sound Broadcasting System (DSB) and has allocated spectrum in its Spectrum Plan.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is the regulator for the converging communications and multimedia industry. There are two main broadcast groups under MCMC, Digital Sound Broadcast (DSB) and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). Both DSB and DTT have completed their standard submission for DAB and DVB respectively and the standards are now under public scrutiny. DSB proposed DAB and DMB as the DSB standard to MCMC. Due to the current development of DAB+, DSB is proposing DAB+ to the MCMC as an attachment to the previous document.

Digital Radio an important topic at the RadioAsia 2014 conference
29.05.2014 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom - India - India - Hong Kong - Hong Kong - Malaysia - Malaysia
Digital radio broadcasting has become an important topic in at least four Asian countries. In Hong Kong, DAB+ has been on-air for some time, with 15 stations already available; in Malaysia, trials have started; and in Thailand and Indonesia, tests of the technology are slated for this year.
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RadioAsia2014: Successes and challenges for Asian radio
24.05.2014 - India - India - Malaysia - Malaysia - Hong Kong - Hong Kong - Thailand - Thailand - Bangladesh - Bangladesh
Saturday’s final session at RadioAsia 2014 saw eight panelists from around the world share their expertise.
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ABU Symposium Speakers Predict Hybrid Approach to Digital Radio
13.03.2014 - Malaysia - Malaysia
Traditional over-the-air radio is not going to be replaced by streaming over the Internet any time soon, according to several speakers at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Symposium held in Kuala Lumpur in March 2014.
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Industry experts predict hybrid approach to digital radio
10.03.2014 - Malaysia - Malaysia
“Broadcast radio is still the backbone of radio in Australia and will be for some time,” CRA’s Joan Warner told delegates in Kuala Lumpur. “Apps and streaming cannot take the place of free to air broadcast radio but they do offer us an opportunity to connect in more ways with our listeners.”
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DAB+ radios on show at DBS2014
10.03.2014 - Malaysia - Malaysia
Radio receiver manufacturers around the world have developed a range of DAB radios, with many of them on show at this week's Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Malaysia.
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Time is now for DAB+ in Asia
07.03.2014 - Malaysia - Malaysia
WorldDMB, the global industry forum for digital radio promoting DAB+ radio broadcasting standard, along with ABU-RTM held a technology workshop from February 28 to March 2 with over 150 participants from 14 countries across the Asia Pacific region in attendance at Kuala Lumpur.
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The time is now for DAB+ in the Asia Pacific
05.03.2014 - Malaysia - Malaysia
The WorldDMB-ABU-RTM DAB+ technology workshop and transmission demonstrations were held from 28 February to 2 March and saw over 150 participants from 14 countries from across the Asia Pacific region in attendance. The primary aim of the workshop was to demonstrate to delegates how to secure a digital radio broadcasting future and how to save millions of dollars in radio operating and power costs by switching to DAB+ broadcasting.
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The world is changing, broadcasters must innovate: Digital Symposium 2014
05.03.2014 - Malaysia - Malaysia
Norway is planning to switch off its FM radio services in 2017, to be replaced by DAB+ digital radio, according to WorldDMB President Patrick Hannon, speaking today at the 2014 Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Malaysia.
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KL Symposium starts with digital radio workshop
04.03.2014 - Malaysia - Malaysia
A digital radio workshop in Kuala Lumpur on Friday set the stage for next week’s digital broadcasting symposium, organised by Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) .DAB+ will feature strongly in the conference program for ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium which formally begins on Tuesday.
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Symposium shows how to save millions with DAB+
28.02.2014 - Malaysia - Malaysia
The 50th ABU Broadcasting Symposium kicks off this weekend with a DAB+ Technology Workshop and Transmission Demonstration in Kuala Lumpur that will show participants how to save millions of dollars in radio operating and power costs.
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Key Information

Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 28.9 million
Services: 15 DAB+, 3 Data
Last update: 01.10.2013

Useful Links

Radio Television Malaysia