Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) – an initiative under the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), released its latest Internet traffic statistics exchanged over the Malaysia Internet exchange, MyIX – covering the first six months of 2015.
As of the 1st half of 2015, Internet traffic in Malayisa was recorded at 98,589Mbps as compared with 61,771Mbps in the same period in 2014 – showing a 60% increase (26,032 Mbps in June 2013).
MyIX Chairman, Chiew Kok Hin says, “Over the last few years, the main focus of the government has been to increase the Internet penetration rate in Malaysia.”
“The global target for a developing nation was to achieve 40 percent household broadband penetration rate in 2015; and according to MCMC’s 2015 first quarter report, Malaysia has achieved the household broadband penetration rate of 70.2 percent.”
“The drastic increase in internet traffic over the last few years is in-synch with the growth rate of broadband users in Malaysia. As of 2014, there is a total of 20.7 million broadband subscribers, with 85 percent consisting of mobile broadband subscribers,” says Chiew.
Chiew elaborates that Malaysia has geographical challenges when it comes to infrastructure upgrades. “With Sabah and Sarawak being across the South China Sea, the cost of connecting these two states increases tremendously. That’s why it is important that investments to connect rural areas are done.”
The establishment of MyIX in 2006 has brought a significant difference to the internet industry in Malaysia by keeping Internet traffic local. One of MyIX primary efforts is to facilitate a neutral network for the Internet Service Providers (ISP) and Contents Providers (CP) to peer in the country. By keeping the traffic local via MyIX, the cost of connectivity has decreased in the last decade.
“As new e-commerce and internet rich platforms emerge in the market, it is important that they peer with MyIX to ensure that local traffic remains local. We welcome both the local and foreign players in the industry such as social media platforms, e-commerce shopping sites, IPTV, video-on-demand, online gaming and more to contact us and peer with MyIX,” ends Chiew.
MyIX said it practices an “open peering policy”, currently has 84 members consisting of all local ISPs and foreign players such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Akamai, Microsoft, Swiftserve, Tencent, Biznet Networks, Hutchison Global and Telstra.