Malaysian Internet Exchange (MyIX) will be investing up to RM3.7 million to increase the bandwidth capacity of its central nodes interconnection to 40 giga bits per second (gbps) from 10 gpbs.
The main driver for the upgrading exercise is to cope with the anticipated growth of the country's internet consumption over the next two years, said MyIX chairman Chiew Kok Hin in a statement today.
"When we started in 2006, internet traffic consumption in Malaysia was only at 288 Megabits per second (Mbps) and a 10,000 Mbps capacity for the central node interconnection was more than sufficient," he said.
The country's internet traffic consumption had grown to a staggering figure of 26 Gbps in combined traffic as at June 2013, resulting in an 80 per cent capacity utilisation per leg of MyIX’s existing central node infrastructure.
In 2012 alone, MyIX recorded that local internet traffic had increased by approximately 50 per cent with 149,889 Mbps recorded in the first half of 2013, as compared to 98,527 Mbps in the same period in 2012.
Chiew attributed the exponential growth to more social networking and smart phone usage, the digitisation of Malaysian TV with the IPTV trend, video-on-demand and online gaming through Internet network connections to these users.
He said the internet penetration level would continue to escalate in the next few years as smartphones bundled with attractive communication packages become more affordable for the average Malaysian.
"In fact, the first experience for many young Malaysian users of the Internet is via these mobile devices," said Chiew.
MyIX’s latest infrastructure consists of eight Internet Exchange nodes including in Bayan Baru, Johor Baharu, Kuantan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, as well as the original MyIX nodes in the Klang Valley at Menara Aik Hua (AIMS), Technology Park Malaysia (JARING), and CSF 1 (Telekom Malaysia, Cyberjaya).
MyIX is a nonprofit organisation initiated by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission in September 2006 through the cooperation of local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to connect and exchange local Internet traffic.
It is managed by a committee comprising elected representatives of local Malaysian ISPs.
MyIX is modelled after the Amsterdam Internet Exchange and London Internet Exchange, and aspires towards world-class Internet Exchange standards.-- Bernama