MyIX aims for regional recognition
By Sharmila Ganapathy-Wallace January 25, 2017
- In discussions with regional ISPs for Internet connectivity
- Also in final discussions with content giant Netflix.
THE Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) is in talks with regional Internet service providers (ISPs) concerning Internet connectivity requests, its chairman Chiew Kok Hin (pic) told media on Jan 24 following a media workshop hosted by the organisation.
“The idea is for MyIX to be recognised regionally. We have had connectivity requests from overseas from ISPs in Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam,” he said, adding that MyIX would be charging these ISPs the same rates should they choose to come on board.
According to Chiew, these ISPs can save up to 50% of their costs, which include backhaul and submarine cable landing costs if they were to connect via MyIX, as opposed to connecting to the Internet via Singapore’s Internet Exchange. To give some perspective to this, Chiew shared that MyIX charges RM15,000 in port fees per 10 gigabit (GB) port, where it used to be RM25,000 previously.
Chiew shared that MyIX is also in final discussions with content giant Netflix, to recruit the latter as a member of MyIX and that this would happen sometime in the second quarter of this year. He also added that they are “exploring” talks with Hulu, however it is still early days yet.
MyIX currently has 87 members comprising government, content providers, ISPs, higher educational institutions, financial institutions, carriers, telcos and critical Internet resources. Current global members include Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft, Chiew said. MyIX aims to recruit 8 or 9 more members this year.
He shared also that as of December, Internet traffic traversing through the National Internet Exchange nodes was 210 gigabit per second (Gbps) and that MyIX projects a 20% growth in traffic this year. MyIX has four nodes in Peninsular Malaysia and two in East Malaysia.
In August last year, Internet traffic peered over MyIX nodes reached a new high point of 170.474 Gbps, which was the highest ever recorded in Malaysian history then.
This data was based on Internet data patterns recorded for Internet data that was transversed or peered over MyIX’s nodes that directly connects with Malaysia’s major ISPs and content providers. The measurement is based on the highest peak Internet traffic recorded on a particular day on a monthly basis, MyIX said.
MyIX is operated under Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia, an initiative under the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission.
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