Malaysians getting hungrier for bandwidth

  • Bandwidth consumption doubles in first six months of 2014
  • New peering partners include Hutchison Global and Telstra

Malaysians getting hungrier for bandwidthTHE Malaysian Internet Exchange (MyIX) said that for the first six months of 2014, the aggregated Internet bandwidth consumption in Malaysia increased by 105% to a total of 306,970 Mbps.
This is compared to the 349,277 Mbps consumed for the whole of 2013, MyIX said in a statement.
“This shows how much more Internet data and content traffic is being used by both local commercial and residential markets,” said MyIX chairman Chiew Kok Hin (pic).
MyIX is a non-profit organisation initiated by industry regulator the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in September 2006 through the cooperation of local Internet service providers (ISPs) to connect and exchange local Internet traffic.
“The increase in smartphone users, together with the huge advent of social media, has played a big role in the dramatic increase of Internet bandwidth consumption in Malaysia over the last two years,” said Chiew.
“We are seeing more content-rich sites that require higher broadband capacities … this factor alone is another reason why MyIX sees Internet bandwidth across the country continuing to increase,” he said, adding that the growth of e-commerce was yet another factor.
International peering partners
Chiew said that Hutchison Global Communications Ltd, Swiftserve Pte Ltd and Telstra Malaysia Sdn Bhd have recently signed on to be connected, or to peer locally with MyIX, joining sites such as Google, Facebook, Akamai, Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter.
He said that MyIX continuously monitors local traffic bandwidth consumption patterns to identify select international sites that are frequented by Malaysians, and then invites these sites to peer at MyIX so that the site can load faster for users located in the country.
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