The Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) recently entered into partnerships with VADS Berhad and IPServerOne Sdn Bhd to join its internet exchange so as to ensure faster, uninterrupted connectivity for Malaysian businesses and households.
MyIX is an initiative under the Malaysian Communications Multimedia Commission (MCMC), and the country’s only non-profit national internet exchange body operated by industry.
Its chairman Chiew Kok Hin explained that, under the partnerships, both TMONE and IPServerOne are now operating two new nodes respectively from Cyberjaya.
On another note, TT Dotcom-AIMS Data Centre has also recently signed with MyIX to operate a new node out of Cyberjaya.
“These additional nodes complement our main nodes located at the AIMS Data Centre and CSF Building in Cyberjaya, Selangor,” said Chiew. He added that MyIX also has two other nodes located in Iskandar Puteri, Johor and Kuching, Sarawak.
These nodes are essentially access switches located at various alternative sites; thereby enabling members and peering partners to connect to internet service providers (ISPs), other members and content hosted by MyIX.
“Since independent service providers (ISPs) and content distribution networks (CDNs) are spread across various data centres, these nodes serve to provide additional exchange points for ISPs and CDNs to better connect with one another, and to ‘triangulate’ constant availability to end-users.
“The nodes also ensure improved latency for interconnectivity with other networks,” he further said. “They would be instrumental in further enhancing the stability and performance of internet connections, lowering connection costs while minimising traffic ‘bottlenecks’.”
Chiew also said that the movement control order (MCO) showed how critical the internet was as an essential service. Internet traffic had peaked at 588Gbps during the MCO, towering over 2019’s highest traffic peak point record of 500Gbps.
“Even though some restrictions have been lifted, we foresee Malaysians adjusting to the ‘new normal’, which include practices such as e-learning initiatives, webinars and video conferencing calls,” said Chiew.
“Hence, the introduction of these new nodes means that MyIX now has increased presence points throughout Malaysia to cater for faster and more reliable internet performance,” he concluded.