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Malaysia’s Internet Exchange lowers fees to help local ISPs reduce Internet charges

AvantiKumar | April 6, 2016
MyIX Chairman Chiew Kok Hin hopes that ISPs will pass the savings on to end-consumers to lower internet charges.

MyIX 2016-2017 Executive or Steering Commitee 

Photo - Malaysian Internet Exchange, MyIX, new steering committee.

 

Malaysia's internet Exchange, MyIX, has reduced port charges effective 1 April 2016 for all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Malaysia in a bid to lower Internet charges for consumers in the country.

 Also known as 'Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia' - an initiative under the national regulator Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), MyIX chairman Chiew Kok Hin said this decision was made in line with MyIX's goal to encourage greater usage of its node and to promote greater peering between local ISPs.

In addition, MyIX also received AGM (annual general meeting) approval to upgrade Malaysia's central node capacity to 100G to help addressing growing Internet traffic demands.

Chiew said the fees reduction was across the board for all port speeds ranging from 100Mbps to 10Gbps and was expected to save ISPs more than 10 percent of their existing monthly fees.

"We hope that savings by ISPs can be passed on to the end-consumer in efforts to reduce Internet charges in Malaysia," he said. "It has always been MyIX's goal to progressively reduce costs for the benefit of members."

"We hope our ISP members will also upgrade their existing ports to a higher speed / bandwidth towards promoting better quality of Internet service in the country; more so as the demand grows exponentially in Malaysia," Chiew said.

Central node upgrade

Speaking of the central node during the 8th AGM, he said that central node's capacity will be upgraded from the existing 40Gbps to 100Gbps.

"We are already utilising approximately 65 percent of the central node's capacity and hence going forward, an upgrade is necessary," said Chiew. "This upgrade is planned to meet the projected Internet connectivity needs of the country over the next 2-3 years."

At the MyIX AGM, the present executive / steering Committee was mostly retained with Chiew (AIMS Data Centre) re-elected as MyIX chairman while Lim Chee Meng (Maxis Broadband) was re-elected as deputy chairman.

 The elected Committee, which will serve a two-year term for Year 2016 and 2017, also includes:
Celcom Axiata (Wan Mohd Nizam Wan Ismail); DiGi Telecommunications (Eric Soo Chee Hong); MyKRIS Asia (Chew Choo Soon); Telekom Malaysia (Filzah Md Yassin); TT dotCom (Mohd Hanizam Mohammed); REDtone Engineering and Network Services (Ong Cheok Seong); and YTL Communications (Tan Wei Hwang).
 
MyIX's latest infrastructure consists of 6 Internet Exchange nodes located in the Klang Valley at Menara AIMS (AIMS), CX1 (Telekom Malaysia, Cyberjaya), in Bayan Baru, Johor Bahru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. MyIX models after Amsterdam Internet Exchange and London Internet Exchange.

 

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