KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) says the highest bandwidth that traversed within the MyIX infrastructure has hit a new record 288 gigabytes per second (Gbps).

“MyIX has recorded 288Gbps of data travelling per second through its network nodes, the highest bandwidth recorded so far this year, equivalent to a 16 per cent increase in data travelling per second as compared to the previous year’s highest peak point of 248Gbps over the same period,” MyIX chairman Chiew Kok Hin said in a recent statement.

According to MyIX report, the traversing data was compared between January–June 2018, to the corresponding period of the previous year January-June 2017.

It showed the internet data patterns and the growth of internet traffic peered within the national internet exchange nodes that directly connects with the country’s major internet service providers (ISP) and content providers.

MyIX network’s data traffic peak points are based on the highest data traffic recorded on a particular day, on a monthly basis.

In compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) terms of six years since 2012, MyIX’s monthly internet traffic peak point increased at a CAGR of about 52 per cent.

MyIX said this was a good indication of how massively the country’s Internet landscape was developing.

“The country’s internet connectivity in Malaysia has come a long way. The highest peak point was 23.3Gbps in 2012 while for the six-month’s period of 2018, recorded at 288Gbps,” Chiew said.

In analysing the year 2018 internet traffic within MyIX network, Chiew shares that the two major events that contributed to the increase in internet consumption among Malaysians May and June were the 14th General Election (GE14) and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“Malaysians were actively following the news and updates post the historical general election, followed by the 2018 FIFA World Cup fans who watched the tournaments with live coverage from mid June till mid July 2018,” he said.

Coincidentally, FIFA World Cup 2018 that was held in Moscow, Russia, also marked the most extensive coverage in history, being covered live and shown in 190 different territories across the world, including Malaysia.

“This internet data traffic growth cumulates from the consumers’ access and affordability of more smartphone and tablet, increasing broadband speeds, cloud computing, video streaming, and social media,” says Chiew.

As of August 2018, MyIX reported a total of 93 members that had joined its peering network, comprising 70 local members and 23 foreign members.

The latest additions to MyIX members list included PCCW-HKT Network Services Limited, Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (M) Sdn Bhd, Imperva Inc and Krypton Global Networks (M) Sdn Bhd.

“We are seeing more foreign ISPs and Content Service Providers (CSPs) interested in joining MyIX as they see the benefits from being part of Malaysia’s main peering network, for more efficient and cost-effective interconnectivity and to promote efficient routing of traffic via direct peering with their local partners, to reach to Malaysian consumers,” Chiew said.

MyIX believes that it can continue to play an important role in driving down connectivity cost and increasing benefits as advocated by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo for lower retail prices of broadband and increase in speeds.

“MyIX members of ISPs and CSPs, are able to reduce their operational costs – which can either translate to bigger corporate profit (margins), or transfer the cost savings to their customers by offering more competitive data plans,” Chiew said.