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Communications, multimedia industry remains sustainable in challenging pandemic era

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In its IPR 2020, MCMC said the C&M industry contributed 7.9 per cent or RM142.96 billion to Bursa Malaysia’s total market capitalisation of RM1.81 trillion in 2020.  – File photo

KUALA LUMPUR (July 22): The communications and multimedia industry (C&M) remains sustainable despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, as the rise in online transactions as well as online learning and work-from-home activities boosted demand for its services.

In its Industry Performance Report (IPR) 2020, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said the C&M industry contributed 7.9 per cent or RM142.96 billion to Bursa Malaysia’s total market capitalisation of RM1.81 trillion in 2020.

“Nevertheless, market capitalisation (cap) of the C&M industry declined by 0.7 per cent in 2020 compared to 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in disruptions in demand as well as the emergence of several new trends,” it said in a statement today.

MCMC said the adverse effects of the pandemic on the industry were cushioned by the launch of the National Digital Infrastructure Plan (Jendela) in August last year, which aimed to improve the nation’s digital infrastructure and connectivity.

It said last year, the telecommunications sector’s market cap had increased by 0.3 per cent to RM134.42 billion.

During the same period, the postal and courier sector’s market cap also recorded impressive growth, rising by 19.9 per cent to RM3.25 billion.

“On the other hand, the broadcasting sector continues to face pressure in 2020 due to the more cautious attitude of advertisers during the pandemic period as well as the cancellation of several major sporting events such as the Tokyo Olympics and the UEFA Europa League.

“Competition among Over the Top (OTT) players also affected the sector, and these factors saw the sector’s market cap declining by 27.4 per cent to RM5.29 billion in 2020,” it said.

Meanwhile, Pay TV subscriptions increased by 3.1 per cent to 7.34 million in 2020 from 7.12 million subscriptions in 2019, as a result of increased subscriptions to Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services.

The full report is available at https://www.mcmc.gov.my/skmmgovmy/media/General/pdf/MCMC-IPR_2020.pdf. – Bernama