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Malaysia's first fully integrated carrier-neutral cyberport goes live, says TSG

AvantiKumar | Dec. 15, 2014
Based in Cyberjaya, the new cyberport fits into Malaysia's national economic transformation plans for the data centre industry, said TSG's Kent Ho.

TSGI Cyberport 

Photo - (From left) Kent Ho, CEO, TSGlobal Network Sdn Bhd; and Dato Hod Parman, Chairman, TSGlobal Network Sdn Bhd, look at operations at the virtual network operating centre.


According to Malaysian satellite communications [satcom] firm TSGlobal Network [TSGN], Malaysia's first fully integrated carrier-neutral cyberport has gone live offering a wide spectrum of satellite communications services.

TSGN chairman Dato Hod Parman said the new RM100 [US$28.61] million cyberport in Cyberjaya will offer satellite teleport, IP gateway and Tier 3 data centre services, which include full-service broadcasting capabilities, access  to the widest range of satellites in geostationary orbit, global connectivity, regional VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services and server co-location applications hosting on site.

"Our Cyberport offers a number of facilities for data transmission and reception via satellite and fibre. With all-year round 24/7 monitoring and operations support provided by a team of experienced operating and engineering staff, we enable customer to hub their network, application and content needs, all in one location," said Hod.

He said the cyberport's monitoring centre was serviced by up to 17 large antennas and a 40,000 sq ft nett data centre, connected to all major telco/fibre operators allowing a full and diverse range of managed services to disaster recovery. "The facility's data centre hosting capacity is projected to be doubled by 2017."

TSGN chief executive officer Kent Ho said the cyberport's "high quality satellite services offers customers a flexible and effective tool to grow and scale their operations regionally in a rapid and cost effective manner."

 Malaysia's data centre plans

"Entry Point Project 3 (EPP 3) under the Business Services NKEA (National Key Economic Area) of Malaysia's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) has identified the data centre business as a significant contributor to the country's economic growth, with a projection that this sector will contribute RM2.4 billion (US$761 million) to Gross National Income (GNI) and create about 13,000 jobs by 2020," said Ho.
"Our aims are in tandem with the national objective to be a leader in this market and contribute to-wards the expansion of data centre space and ICT services hubbing to five million sq ft by 2020 and establish Malaysia as the preferred destination for regional investors," he said.

According to national ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), Malaysia's data centre industry was expected to continue a positive trend, recording more than RM630 [US$180.23] million in revenue in 2013, a 40 per cent increase from 2012. As of 2013 there were 23 data centre providers under the ETP's EPP3 which generated the RM630 [US$180.23] million, surpassing the targeted projection of RM563 [US$161.07] million by 12 per cent. 
"We aim to have the majority of Malaysia's active service providers connected," Ho said, adding that the cyberport was able to host a wide range of carriers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

"This connectivity-rich environment offers our customers a greater choice, flexibility, network resilience, cost savings and speed to market," he said.

As a carrier-neutral facility, TSG International's value proposition was in offering customers the ability to work with any carrier of choice, said Ho. "We are also more adept at providing higher network redundancy due to our non-reliance on any single telco provider - thus attracting a wider array of customers from industry verticals such as media, multi-nationals, tourism, content, gaming and more."

TSGI's Cyberport is located on a three-acre site and comprises two installations, namely the North Building and a Main Building with built-up areas of 10,000 sq f.  and 30,000 sq f. respectively.  TSGI's parent company, TSGN will house its Network Operation Centre Management Centre at the North Building while the Main Building will house six modules to be leased to potential customers comprising broadcasters, telco and other communications related organisations. The lower ground floor covering 6,000 sq.ft. is to be exclusively deployed for data centres

Ho said the "cyberport's antenna farm - the largest in Malaysia - will house up to 17 large and 32 small antennas; an international IP gateway with connectivity to local and global telcos."

TSG International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia-based TSGlobal Network  (TSGN), which offers satcom technology and solutions in Indonesia, Brunei and the Asean region.


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