‘Work together to become world class’

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  • Friday, 28 Oct 2016

(From left) Afzal, Mohamed Sharil and Chiew at the forum.

THE Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX)’s first Internet Peering Forum, in conjunction with its 10th anniversary, saw industry participants agreeing on the necessity of adopting new innovative approaches and prioritising the needs of the nation alongside those of commercial interests.

This is in view of the rising Internet traffic traversing through the National Internet Exchange nodes, which recorded a new high point of 170.474Gbps in August this year.

The forum agreed that cooperation among industry players to bring about a world-class Internet peering network would provide better Internet service for all Malaysians

“If Malaysia is to truly achieve a world-class Internet ecosystem and Internet peering hub, MyIX members must increase their cooperative spirit and work together in facilitating an overall more efficient Internet traffic exchange.

“This was recommended by the panel during discussions and it was heartening to see our members responding positively to the panel’s suggestion,” said MyIX chairman Chiew Kok Hin.

The panel during the one-day event comprised former chairman of the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Datuk Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi and TIME dotCom’s commander-in-chief Afzal Abdul Rahim.

The First Internet Peering Forum saw strong participation from over 130 participants from the country’s leading ISPs, content providers, hosting companies, data centre operators, regulator, universities and leading network vendors.

The event presented opportunities for local Internet operators to broaden their understanding on key matters of interest while benefitting from discovering new best practices and tools to improve their peering network performance.

“Our first Peering Forum has truly been a success.

“Not only did we receive strong support and participation from members and the Internet community, we have also achieved a key milestone as MyIX members are accepting the need to work together for the betterment of the peering network and benefit of the nation.

“Such cooperation will pave the way towards developing a world-class Internet peering network and ultimately provide better Internet service for all Malaysians,” Chiew added.

The Internet Peering Forum also revealed that Malaysia had attained a good regional position in the area of IPV6 deployment, the next generation Internet Protocol by progressing well to the top of the worldwide leaderboard in end-user IPV6 adoption.

Malaysia currently ranks ahead of its regional peers including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines; a reflection of the constant effort by Malaysian operators and regulators to promote IPV6 deployment.

MyIX’s 10th anniversary was also marked by the announcement of the successful and timely completion of the country’s central node capacity from 40Gbps to 100Gbps to meet Internet traffic growth until 2018-2019.

With this upgrade, MyIX will also have more 10G ports for members’ utilisation.

For August 2016, Internet data exchanged that transversed over MyIX nodes reached a new high point of 170.474Gbps – the highest ever recorded in the country’s history.

This reflects a year-on-year growth of 57% and compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 56.60% since 2012. Throughout 2016, peak points for each month have exceeded the 100Gbps mark.

The findings are based on Internet data patterns recorded (up to August 2016) for Internet data that transversed over MyIX’s nodes that directly connect with the country’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 is operated by the Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia, an initiative under the MCMC.

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