MyIX doubles up backhaul capacity to meet voracious Malaysian demand for faster broadband

  • Enhanced infra also in line with MyDigital blueprint to be leading digital economy
  • 3 new members join- Nexworks Communications, Fastly from US & Dtac Trinet of Thailand

MyIX chairman Chiew Kok Hin (centre) with the MyIX committee members and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) data cloud business unit head Tan Tze Meng (third from left).

The Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) has been upgrading capacity of its internet infrastructure given anticipated demand for faster and more robust broadband throughout the country.

The exchange announced on Fri that ‘backhaul’ capacity between its core nodes located at the AIMS Data Centre, Kuala Lumpur and CBJ5 Data Centre in Cyberjaya has been doubled from 100G to 200G recently.

In a statement, the exchange said that ever since the movement control order (MCO) was announced in March 2020, demand for internet bandwidth has progressively increased monthly with the peak usage being posted at 1.2Tbps in August 2021.

“The enhancement of our infrastructure is also in line with the national MyDIGITAL blueprint for Malaysia to emerge as a regional leader in the digital economy while attaining inclusive, responsible and sustainable socioeconomic development,” said MyIX chairman Chiew Kok Hin.

Chiew added that MyIX's robust and highly scalable infrastructure also reassures foreign investors of Malaysia’s commitment in driving a ‘cloud-first’ strategy at both federal and local state levels.

Four cloud service providers (CSPs) namely Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Telekom Malaysia have been given conditional approval to build and manage hyper-scale data centres and cloud services throughout Malaysia. This cloud strategy is reportedly boosted by an investment between RM12 billion to RM15 billion over the next five years to help companies reduce operating cost and improve analytical efficiency.

Meanwhile, MyIX also recently welcomed three new members. They are Nexworks Communications Sdn Bhd, Fastly Inc of the United States and Dtac Trinet Co Ltd of Thailand.

MyIX is an initiative under the Malaysian Communications Multimedia Commission with the main objective of enabling Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to connect and exchange Internet traffic locally.

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