Photo - Chiew Kok Hin, Chairman, MyIX
Malaysia's National Internet Exchange, MyIX, is investing up to RM3.7 million [US$1.17 million] to increase bandwidth capacity of its central nodes interconnection in Klang Valley by 300 percent by December 2013.
Non-profit industry organisation MyIX [Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia] chairman Chiew Kok Hin said the infrastructure upgrade would increase capacity from 10 Gigabits per second [Gbps] to 40 Gbps.
"When we started in 2006, internet traffic consumption in Malaysia was only at 288 Megabits per second (Mbps) and a 10,000 Mbps capacity for the central node interconnection was more than sufficient," said Chiew.
"Today this has grown to a staggering figure of 26 Gbps in combined traffic (as at June 2013), resulting in an 80 per cent capacity utilisation per leg of MyIX's existing central node infrastructure," he said. "This is the main driver why we are upgrading our infrastructure - which is approximately by 300 per cent more bandwidth capacity, to cope with the anticipated growth of the country's Internet consumption over the next two years."
In 2012 alone, MyIX recorded that local Internet traffic had increased by about 50 per cent with 149,889 Mbps recorded in the first half of 2013, as compared to 98,527 Mbps in the same period in 2012," said Chiew, adding that this growth is linked to the increasing use of social networking, smart phone usage, the digitization of Malaysian TV, video-on-demand and online gaming.
Trying to make the internet more affordable
"One of the key factors for data traffic growth is the increased number of people surfing on the Internet via mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets," he said. "In fact, the first experience for many young Malaysian users of the Internet is via these mobile devices."
"The Internet penetration level will continue to escalate in the next few years as smartphones bundled with attractive communication packages become more affordable for the average Malaysian," said Chiew.
"MyIX keeps the entire Internet traffic domestic, without having to travel overseas across long connection distance which adversely affects the Internet experience of local users," he said.
"MyIX has definitely contributed significantly to making Internet connection cost much more affordable as ISPs can pass on their savings to their customers - who can also enjoy better experience when surfing, playing online games and file sharing," he said. "Voice and video applications that are latency-sensitive have also seen a visible usage improvement with overall higher quality Internet coverage in Malaysia."
Chiew added that MyIX has also been working to peer directly with top global content providers and social media platforms worldwide such as Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft in order to improve the experience of the many Malaysians who access these popular sites.
"Earlier this year, MyIX decided to peer with Facebook," he said. "Reason being that 13.3 million, or 45.5 per cent of the total population of Malaysia are Facebook users - putting the country at the 8th spot in Asia and 21st place worldwide in terms of country with highest Facebook account holders."
Currently there are 58 members registered with MyIX - which also practices a unique 'open interconnection policy' that differs from other global Internet exchanges that allow their member ISPs to choose who they want to peer with
Created by the national regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission [MCMC] in 20015, MyIX (Malaysia Internet Exchange) is operated by Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia with the cooperation of local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to connect and exchange local Internet traffic.
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