Demand for power down, Internet traffic up


KUALA LUMPUR: Demand for electricity is down even as Malaysians continue to throttle cyberspace, recording more than one terabit per second (Tbps) during the lockdown this month.

Energy Commission chief executive officer Abdul Razib Dawood said that due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year, Malaysia experienced a drop in peak demand of electricity compared to the demand forecast before the pandemic.

He said the pandemic would continue to impact the peak demand of electricity in Peninsular Malaysia with a reduction of up to 1,100 megawatts by 2025 compared to the forecast made in 2019 by the Committee for the Planning and Implementation of Electricity Supply and Tariff.

“Due to Covid-19, the projected demand for electricity shows a slight drop till 2023,” he said during an online media briefing on the Report On Peninsular Malaysia Generation Development Plan 2020 (2021-2039) on Friday.

Abdul Razib said Peninsular Malaysia’s peak demand for electricity in 2020 was at 18,808MW when the country was hit by the pandemic, Bernama reported.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) chairperson Chiew Kok Hin said Internet traffic had recorded more than one terabit per second (Tbps) this month.

He said this figure was almost double the 588 gigabits per second (Gbps) recorded during the first movement control order 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. — Bernama

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