MyIX invests RM2.5m in infrastructure upgrades

By SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) is investing about RM2.5 million in upgrading its facilities to increase the national bandwidth capacity.

MyIX chairman Chiew Kok Hin (picture) said the upgrade, which allows the country’s bandwidth capacity to reach 100Gbps (Gigabit per second), will be focusing at the association’s network facilities in Cyberjaya and AIMS Data Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

“The upgrade will allow us to reduce the operational expenditure in managing our high-density ports and provide new services.

“We are going to ‘refresh’ our network to a 100Gbps capacity and hopefully that will increase the economy of scale of our members as well,” he said in a press conference at MyIX’s 11th AGM in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He added that the upgrade will support Malaysia’s bandwidth expansion for the next five years, in addition to managing the growing Internet usages.

“In the past, we had been investing to continuously increasing the bandwidth and our effort had shown results,” he said.

MyIX is an initiative under the Malaysian Communications Multimedia Commission through the operation of local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to connect and exchange Internet traffic locally.

Chiew said MyIX expects five foreign ISPs and content providers to collaborate with the association in expanding the national IX.

“Currently we have 24 international and 71 domestic members, and we are constantly going outside of Malaysia to lure the international ISPs, or content providers to come to Malaysia and create the traffic here.

“For example, a lot of Internet traffic in Singapore’s IX comes from Malaysia, but they are just transited traffic, and it will be more cost saving if the traffic can be routed straight to the ISPs or content providers with less amount of charge,” he explained.

Chiew added that by having the foreign ISPs and content providers setting their regional network in Malaysia’s Internet exchange, it will reduce the network charges of consuming the international contents and limit the foreign-exchange (forex) losses.

“It is important to have these companies with high traffic to be closer to us. For example, each time a Telekom Malaysia Bhd’s user visit a foreign site, it has to pay the IP transit service to the company and that will result in forex loss.

“And we have succeeded in reducing the IP transit cost. Between 2007 and 2016, Malaysia’s telecommunications industry managed to save RM372 million by having some of the ISPs and content providers here,” he said.

Chiew said the highest bandwidth demand through MyIX’s infrastructure reached 391Gbps at the end of 2018, a 36% jump from 288Gbps in the first half of last year.

“The Internet traffic that traversed within the MyIX network, which also reflects the country’s Internet traffic, hit a peak point record of 391Gbps, which was a threefold growth in over five years,” he said.