Telecommunications In Malaysia

Discover How History Was Made From Dot and Dash.

In the 1800s the British brought communication to Malaysia.  This is a quick overview of the Malaysian journey through telecommunications. If you stop by this museum you will gain much more knowledge of this fascinating history. All the information here came from the Telegraph Museum in Kuala Lumpur.

The Journey Through Malaysian Telecommunications

1874 – The telephone makes its debut in Perak.

1882 – Perak and Penang are linked by telephone via a submarine cable.

1891 – The first telephone exchange in commissioned in Kuala Lumpur

1894 – A submarine cable links Labuan with Singapore and Hong Kong

1900 – The first magneto telephone service is introduced in Kudat,  Jesselton, and Sandakan

1908 – Postal and telegraph services are incorporated.

1926 – Radio communications arrive in the country

1946 – The first Telecommunications Department is established in Malaya

1962 – Subscriber Trunk Dialing (STD) is introduced between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via the first long-distance microwave link.

1963 – Television services come to Malaysia

1970 – The first international standard satellite earth station is commissioned in Kuantan, Marking the advent of live telecast in Malaysia

1975 – The Automatic Telex Exchange is established.

1979 – International Direct Dial (IDD) facilities are introduced

1980 – Malaysia commissions its own submarine cable lining Kuantan and Kuching.

1982 – Telefax and International Maritime Service are introduced

1st telephone book in Malaysia

1983 – Data communications came to Malaysia

1984 – Packet switch technology is introduced, leading to Malaysia’s own public data network.

1985 – Asia’s first ATUR service, using 450 analog cellular radio technology is commissioned.  The Multi-Access Radio System providing rural customers with easier access to telephone services is introduced.

1988 – Digital INTERSAL business is introduced.

1990 – The 800 toll-free service is introduced.

1991 – Malaysia Direct, Home Country Direct services are introduced.

1992 – Video conferencing and CENTREX arrive in Malaysia

1993 – ISDN services are made available

1996 – 1800 MHz digital TMTOUCH cellular services are introduced.

2001 – Telkom Malaysia lifestyle Internet portal which records more than 290 million searches a year is launched. Broadband services are launched. Telekom Malaysia becomes a major partner in the launch of the state-of-the-art submarine cable APSCN2. TM Net becomes the largest Internet Service provider in South East Asia region. CDMA services fixed wireless telephone is launched.

2002 – Telekom Malaysia is awarded the 3G spectrum.

2003- Celcom and TMTOUCH merch to form Malaysia’s largest cellular operator. Celecom becomes the first Malaysian mobile service provider to introduce video calls based on 3G W-CDMA technology.

2005 – Malaysia first 3G service is launched

2010 – Malaysia’s first next-generation High-Speed Broadband offering a triple play of video, Internet, and Phone is launched in Dataran Merdeka on the 24th of March offering Malaysian a richer, faster, and more reliable online experience at affordable prices.

The future – Wireless and VOIP technologies, multimedia and data services. The possibilities are endless.

How We Communicated in BCE

30,000 BCE – Cave Paintings – Global Sedunia.  A form of rock art, they can be found all over the world the patterns related to its origins. Most are depictions of animals, scenes of hunters, and warriors’ actions plus abstract patterns called finger fluting.

5,000 BCE Pictogrammes – Ancient Sumer China & Egypt. A form of writing with symbols documented on clay tablets, pictograms are the basis of the cuneiform script.  It started out as pictorial representation and eventually evolved into simplified symbols and characters.

776 BCE – Carrier Pigeons – Europe. Also, knowns as homing pigeons, sending messages using these birds are called “pigeon post”. They are effective messengers due to their natural homing abilities; the pigeons are transported in cages to a certain destination and would fly home to their owners with messages attached.

550 BCE – Postal Service – Persia Parsi. The Persian king, Cyrus the Great created the first-ever postal service, which later doubled as data and tax gathering system. These were mounted relay messenger, who traveled for post to post and swapped horses for maximum speed.

530 BCE – The Marathon Man – Greece.  Pheidippides, ran 150 miles in two days to request help from Spartans when the Persians landed in Marathon, Greece. He then ran 25 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over Persia.

200 BCE –Smoke Signals -Ancient China.  Soldiers along the Great Wall used smoke to signal each other of impending enemy attacks sending signals as far away ad 750 km within a few hours

You might ask yourself why this is so important to the founders of LingoHut? Telecommunications has always been a part of their lives since Philipp has been a software engineer and has made a living doing this work. Furthermore, communications technologies are transforming how the world interacts, alongside language learning. 

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