MyIX Announces Upgraded Internet Exchange Network for Malaysian ISPs

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11, 2011 – The operator of Malaysian’s sole neutral Internet Exchange, MyIX – known as ‘Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia’, today announces the availability of its upgraded network that comprises a total of eight Internet exchange nodes to provide comprehensive Internet traffic routing in the country.

The upgrade saw the building of additional of five Internet nodes established in Bayan Baru, Johor Bahru, Kuantan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, which was commissioned by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

The additional 5 node network was completed, and adds on to the original MyIX network consist of three Internet nodes located in Klang Valley at Menara Aik Hua (AIMS Group), Technology Park of Malaysia (JARING), and Fiberail National Control Centre (Telekom Malaysia, Brickfields).

Chairman of MyIX, Mr Chiew Kok Hin – who is also the CEO of AIMS Group, shares that the MyIX operations in emulation of international exchanges with world-class standards and quality such as the Amsterdam Internet Exchange and London Internet Exchange.

“With this upgrade, Malaysian ISPs now have a very stable and comprehensive alternative to route their Internet traffic in an operationally efficient and cost effective way. MyIX offers a truly mature and attractive alternative to ISPs’ current out-of-country, international Internet data exchange routes via our faster, more efficient and cost effective in-country bandwidth connectivity set up.”

Currently, there are over 40 ISPs and content providers who are MyIX members and leverage the national Internet exchange as ply route for their domestic Internet data. All major Telcos and Internet services providers are members of MyIX, as well as companies like Google and Astro.

Chiew expects this number to increase significantly over the next 12 months as more Malaysian ISPs will be aware of the advantages of domestic peering (or connecting) with MyIX to enjoy its various benefits. “Cost savings is the key benefit especially to the smaller ISPs, as a substantial percentage of the ISP’s local traffic is routed via MyIX to reduce their dependency on expensive international bandwidth links.”

MyIX also allows direct ISP connectivity within Malaysia, thus eliminating the need for ISP traffic to roundabout loops (using regional nodes) to connect with each other.

“By keeping boomerang traffic at minimum, using MyIX improves latency between peering operators to achieve better quality of broadband service with more efficient Internet data traffic handling,” explains Chiew, adding that MyIX provides an excellent value proposition – especially for foreign content providers to work with its members.

MyIX Moving Forward

With this latest upgrade of its Internet node exchange network, MyIX completes Phase 2 of its establishment plan. Technical-wise, Chiew shares that MyIX will be developed to better enhance the use of next generation IPv6 for abundant address space, auto-configuration, mobility, embedded IP security and extensibility for new features.

The next stage is to focus on showing MyIX’s value in helping local ISPs to improve their business opportunities by having better support from their Internet connectivity.

“MyIX was set up in September 2006 to keep Malaysian Internet traffic local, with the cooperation of local ISPs to promote and allow direct connectivity amongst the local ISP fraternity.”

“MyIX is confident for greater adoption of the National Internet exchange by both local and foreign ISPs, especially when then start to realize the many advantages it can offer to their strategic operations. MyIX will continue to play a crucial role in making Malaysia a leading option for the efficient routing of Internet traffic in the ASEAN region.”

About MyIX

MyIX (Malaysia Internet Exchange) is operated by Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia. The society was established in September 2006 through the cooperation of local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to connect and exchange local Internet traffic. MyIX is managed by elected representatives of local Malaysian ISPs. For further information, please visit www.myix.gov.my.