KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): With the latest lockdown imposed nationwide, traffic has moved from Malaysian roads to cyberspace with Internet traffic recording more than one terabit per second (Tbps) in June 2021.
Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) chairperson Chiew Kok Hin said this figure is almost double the 588 gigabits per second (Gbps) recorded during the first movement control order in March last year.
"With more organisations adopting a work-from-home culture, the exchange is expecting the demand to continue to rise.
"Hence, we have increased the number of nodes to seven throughout Malaysia," he said in a statement on Friday (June 11).
Chiew also attributed the record demand to households consuming a greater amount of audio-visual content coupled with e-learning initiatives.
According to him, the nodes are essentially satellite switches located at various sites, thereby enabling members and peering partners to connect to Internet service providers (ISPs) and content distribution networks (CDNs).
“The nodes will ensure improved latency for interconnectivity with other networks, and they will be instrumental in further enhancing the stability and performance of Internet connections, lowering connection costs while minimising traffic ‘bottlenecks’, ” he said.
Chiew said four of these nodes are located in Cyberjaya, while others are located in Kuala Lumpur, Iskandar Puteri (Johor) and Kuching (Sarawak).
“We are working closely with some telecommunications operators which have added more ports at MyIX to alleviate traffic congestion, ” he added.
MyIX, an initiative under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), is Malaysia’s only non-profit national Internet exchange body operated by industry.
Launched on Dec 15, 2006, MyIX was established to keep Malaysian Internet traffic local by promoting and allowing direct connectivity among local ISPs, CDNs and other industry enterprises.- Bernama