More Caching Servers in Malaysia

Bandwidth is a commodity. High price of international bandwidth traffic surely will cut ISPs’ revenue. Consumers are switching from DSL to fiber-optic and now want to view rich media content like Youtube and live streaming.


To cope with bandwidth demand , TM already placed many Youtube caching server in Malaysia.  No matter how many times you press the play button and choose high definition streaming –  the caching server will supply you the cache.  During AAG cable downtime recently, popular Youtube videos streaming fast like always. This is because of local caching servers are placed locally in  Malaysia.

Youtube caching
Caching URI supplying feed

Source of feed : is located in Malaysia. Here is the trace

Caching server traceroute

Another mirror of AKAMAI already in Brickfields –  For example Fashion tv streaming source is served from  BRF Data center Kuala Lumpur.

Fashion TV
Fashion TV
Akamai BRF
Akamai BRF (We are still within TM's network)

There is high probability that these servers are placed in level 10 BRF IDC, early this year BRF announced that connectivity has been upgraded to 1Gpbs. TM will need have to upgrade soon because the current usage almost reaching full utilization.

Brickfields IDC
Brickfields IDC bandwidth utilization August 2011

2 thoughts to “More Caching Servers in Malaysia”

  1. Only popular videos are cached.

    If you tried to load some less popular ones, it redirects you to the noext youtube servers. Then wait for a few minutes for TM to cache, reload the video again and voila, it connects to the TM cache servers. The difference in speed is huge, for uncached videos, the speed max out at around 60kbytes/s, while the cached ones maxes out your broadband speed limit.

  2. For months we’ve been wondering why YouTube videos load so slowly for us on our 4 Mbps Streamyx connection. This morning I realised that Vimeo videos and videos from Apple load much faster: 300+ KBps vs 70 KBps for YouTube videos. I discovered that the Apple videos were coming from an Akamai server on a network maintained by TM, and then I found your post, with heng’s comment describing the same low speed for uncached YouTube videos that we are experiencing. This explains why when the TM technician installed our service the YouTube videos he used to demonstrate the speed loaded so much faster than the ones we have been trying to watch: he was picking whatever was on YouTube’s home page, which was almost certainly cached, whereas the videos we like are unfortunately much less popular. Suddenly it all makes sense – thanks!

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