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Industry players are pushing Malaysia's internet ecosystem to world class, MyIX says

AvantiKumar | Oct. 19, 2016
MyIX marks its 10th anniversary by announcing the upgrade of the country’s central node capacity to meet Internet traffic growth until 2018-2019.

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Malaysia's Internet Exchange (MyIX) has marked its 10th anniversary by upgrading the country's central node capacity from 40Gbps to 100Gbps to meet Internet traffic growth until 2018-2019.

Speaking during MyIX's first Internet  Peering Forum held in conjunction with the anniversary, chairman Chiew Kok Hin said that with internet traffic traversing through the National Internet Exchange nodes recording a new high point of 170.474 Gbps, industry participants  have agreed that apart from adoption of new innovative approaches, the needs of the nation must be prioritised.

"If Malaysia is to truly achieve a world-class internet eco-system and internet peering hub, MyIX members must increase their cooperative spirit and work together in facilitating an overall more efficient Internet traffic exchange," said Chiew.

"This was recommended by the panel during discussions and it was heartening to see our members responding positively to the panel's suggestion," he said, adding that the forum saw enhanced cooperation among key internet, internet service provider (ISP) and telco players to improve the country's internet eco-system. 

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Photo - (From left) Afzal Abdul Rahim, TIME dotCom's Commander-in-chief;  Dato' Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, former MCMC Chairman; and Chiew Kok Hin, Chairman of Malaysia Internet Exchange or MyIX.

The panel, which comprised  former MCMC chairman, Dato' Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi and TIME dotCom's commander-in-chief, Afzal Abdul Rahim, pointed to the "strong participation from more than 130 participants from the country's ISPs, content providers, hosting companies, Data Centre operators, Regulator, Universities and leading network vendors."

'Good regional position'

Chiew said the forum also showed that Malaysia "has attained a good regional position in the area of IPV6 deployment, the next generation Internet Protocol by progressing well to the top of the worldwide leaderboard in end-user IPV6 adoption."

Malaysia currently ranks ahead of its regional peers including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines; a reflection of the constant effort by Malaysian operators and regulators to promote IPV6 deployment, he said.

Speaking of the central node capacity upgrade from 40Gbps to 100Gbps, Chiew said that with this upgrade, MyIX will also have more 10G ports for members' utilisation.

For August 2016, Internet data exchanged that transversed (or 'peered') over MyIX nodes reached a new high point of 170.474 Gbps - the highest ever recorded in the country's history, he said.

"This reflects a year-on-year growth of 57 percent and Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 56.60 percent since 2012. Throughout 2016, peak points for each month have exceeded the 100Gbps mark.

These findings were based on Internet data patterns recorded (up to August 2016) for internet data that transversed (or 'peered') over MyIX's nodes that directly connects with the country's major ISPs and content providers. The measurement was based on the highest peak internet traffic recorded on a particular day on a monthly basis.

"Our first Peering Forum has truly been a success," Chiew added. "Not only did we receive strong support and participation from members and the Internet community, we have also achieved a key milestone as MyIX members are accepting the need to work together for the betterment of the peering network and benefit of the nation. Such co-operation will pave the way towards developing a world-class Internet peering network and ultimately provide better Internet service for all Malaysians."

MyIX is an industry non-profit initiative under the national regulator MCMC (Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission).


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