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MyIX records a high of 170Gbps for Internet Data Exchange in Malaysia

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The Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) reported that Internet traffic in Malaysia grew by 57% over last year and is still rising rapidly.

As at August 2016, Internet data that “peered” over the National Internet Exchange’s nodes (which connect directly to the nation’s major ISPs and content providers) reached a new high point of 170.474Gbps, the highest ever recorded in Malaysia’s history. This is based on the highest peak Internet traffic recorded on a particular day on a monthly basis. The finding represents a 57% year-on-year growth and 56.60% of compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) since 2012.

The MyIX, also known as Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia, is an initiative by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

MyIX chairman Chiew Kok Hin said, “Throughout 2016, peak points for each month exceeded the 100Gbps mark. This is not surprising, given Malaysia’s current Internet landscape which is driven by improved data plans, mobile Internet, video content, cloud computing. [It also helped that] more companies are agreeing to peer with MyIX. In 2016, five more companies joined MyIX’s peering network.”

Chiew added that apart from the increased connectivity, the availability of more video or over-the-top (OTT) content has been another game changer. “It is not just about supplying data packages: there needs to be content as well, and content is growing,” he said. “The growing presence and appeal of OTT players such as Netflix, iFlix and online TV and radio channels are contributing to the exponential growth in Internet traffic.“

MyIX also hopes the expected completion of the 1Malaysia People’s Cable System in June 2017 to not only improve broadband capacity but to also contribute to more affordable and accessible high-speed broadband in Malaysia.

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