Malaysia Internet Exchange & Politics

First of all, let's congratulate MCMC for doing a great job in rolling-out the MyICMS 886 strategy.

This strategy which consists of 8 Services, 8 Infrastructures and 6 Growth Areas has been endorsed by the prime minister of Malaysia as the de facto IT blue print for Malaysia within the next 5 years, complementing the 9MP.

Under the Infrastructure item no.5, Home Internet Adoption, it states that ...

Expected Result:

1. Increasing and unencumbered communications for person-to-person, person-to-object and object-to-object.
2. It is expected that with the increasing initiatives at content development and the availability of the high speed broadband services, Internet access will reach 70% penetration for household by end 2008.
3. By end 2010, it is targeted that 90% of the household will have Internet access.

Now let's check out current Internet access penetration in the Malaysian scenario. Therefore, with dial-up penetration of only 13.5% for 2006 and broadband penetration of only 2.5%, that is quite a far-fetched ambition. well, let's see how they perform.

Malaysia Internet Exchange

The Malaysian government announced that they are setting up an Internet Exchange by end of this year, 2006. The reason is to make sure that local consumers gain more by paying the same rate.

But the idea of Internet Exchange is a matter of bandwidth or trunk. In fact, Malaysia is already having trunk(s), most probably is owned by TM and if I could remember, it is connected through the south china sea. However, that trunk is having limited capacity.

So, having said that the government will implement an Internet Exchange connecting directly to International hub(s); it is a good news for all because certain portions of the 9th malaysian plan would be allocated for buying and maintaining the expected bandwidht of 70% Internet penetration to household.

In fact, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is witnessing an explosion of international Internet bandwidth. Capacity on Internet links connecting APAC to the world have skyrocketed more than eightfold over the last two years from 8 to 65 gigbits (Gbits/se) by the end of 2001. International Internet capacity in the region now far exceeds conventional telephone capacity. Internet bandwidth refers to the capacity of the connection and is measured in bits per second (bit/s). Original source

So, the questions is always who is going to pay first ?

Political Related ?

This could be side-effects from Malaysian-Singapore feud which has been developing ever since a few months ago..

Lee Kuan Yew & Malaysian Chinese
Crooked Bridge
No lah - Hsien Loong

Though it is true that many traffics are routed to Singapore for international exchange, which is only because Singapore is the hub for APAC. They already have the facilities and capacity ready which bandwidths are then sold in bulk for users even before the crooked bridge was cook out.

Jaring and TM failed to come to common ground ?
They should seek out fundings from VF Capital Sarawak.

I am not sure, let's see what does political bloggers such as jeffooi, skthew carry further on this...

Also, let's see what does the Next Wave Enterprise and MobileTalk has to say about this ?

Eventually Eventually Eventually...

And finally, it is alright that Streamyx support number is a non-tollfree one because many others will be providing the otherwise. What a great anticipation for all, let's hail our hopeful new hero(s)..

1. Airzed Broadband for Wireless
2. Baycom for Satellite
3. Optical Communication Engineering for Fiber
4. Real Energy - BPL

Something to learn..

However, something to take note here is that, in order to be a hub, financial management skills is crucial for an entity such as Malaysia the country. This is because if you want to be some kind of hub, you got to sort out the funding first.