Cloud Services to be Licensable from 2022 

by Janet Toh Yoong San

Published: October, 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends,

The increased reliance on cloud computing has recently seen regulatory responses from the authorities. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission on 15 October 2021 released an Advisory Notice on the upcoming licensing of cloud service providers from 1 January 2022, to address the regulatory loopholes brought about by the rise of cloud services and particularly the integrity of data stored on cloud.

Applications Service Provider Class Licence

Cloud services have been defined by MCMC as “any service made available to end users on demand via the Internet from a cloud computing provider’s server.”

Cloud service providers are therefore required to obtain an applications service provider class licence (“ASP Class Licence”) under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (“CMA“) if they have local presence in Malaysia or if they provide cloud services via local data centres in Malaysia. For international cloud service providers that do not have a local presence but provide cloud services to end-users in Malaysia via a local data centre, the data centre will be the entity that has to apply for the ASP Class Licence. Regulating the provision of cloud services through the ASP Class Licence comes with the benefit of maintaining easy market access to industry players and promoting industry growth, while simultaneously providing MCMC with the flexibility to determine the standards expected of the services and service providers to ensure that the best industry practices are adopted. This is because unlike individual licences under the CMA, the ASP Class Licence allows for easier application procedure and comes with fewer restrictions. For instance, there is no restriction on foreign shareholding of a licensee.

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Should you have any enquires, please contact:

Janet Toh Yoong San


Technology, Media & Telco

E: [email protected]

P: +603 2027 2978

Elyse Diong Tze Mei

Senior Associate

Technology, Media & Telco

E: [email protected]

P: +603 2027 2669


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