100Gbps The Bay of Bengal Cable Will be Ready in 2014

After Cahaya Malaysia cable-  a two-fibre pair cable system linking Malaysia direct to Japan as well as to Hong Kong, Malaysia will be involved in Bay of Bengal  Cable system.

A consortium consist of ISPs  including Telekom Malaysia, Vodafone, Omantel, Etisalat and Dialog Axiata working together to construct 8,000-km undersea cable system across the Indian Ocean to connect Southeast Asia. The cable which will have capacity  of 100Gbps  expected to be fully operational by the end of 2014.


TM Network Capacity (End 2011)

Last year Malaysia  Internet access  penetration was 61% percent of the population or equivalent to 17,723,000 users.
Telekom Malaysia Berhad is now expanding its network and peering to cater this huge growth of traffic.

General Network Information
Network Name         : Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM)
Name Aliases         : TM Global IP Network
Primary ASN          : 4788
Website              : www.tm.com.my
IRR AS-SET           : TMNET-MY
Network Type         : Cable/DSL/ISP
Approx BGP Prefixes  : 3000
Traffic Levels       : 100+ Gbps
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Who will acquire Jaring?

JARING (Jaring Communications Sdn Bhd)  was the first ISP in Malaysia. Jaring core business are  Wired Broadband, Wireless Broadband, Telephony and Internet Data Center.  After turning down acquisition from TM and Time dot com a while back, Jaring is now up for sale.
The bidders are ;

Optinet Technology Sdn Bhd
Melaka ICT Holdings,
Ersatech Sdn Bhd,  and
Dignity First Sdn Bhd

Jaring is operated by 350 staffs and MOF is estimated to gain RM 50 million from the sale.


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.

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SKMM – Block File Sharing Now!

SKMM or Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has released an official order to block access to file sharing web sites to all ISPs in Malaysia. The order given based copyright grounds.
P1 Wimax provider uploaded the official letter to its wall on social media site – Facebook.  The move is quite drastic and will surely enrage internet users in Malaysia.

Access Denied
Access Denied

The blocking will be done via DNS resolution query ;  null route the query to deny access.  To  bypass the restriction simply  using  this method.
Many users use file sharing to send huge files to be distributed to friends or clients abroad. Since email transmission is impractical (25MB attachment max) and Anonymous FTP is no longer provided by web hosting provider due to security and abuse, users may have to use other file sharing services not listed in the list.


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Asia Running Out Of IP Address

On April 15 – Apnic – The Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), which is the organization responsible for distributing IP address (IP) in most of Asia, Australia, and the Pacific announced that they no longer have IP address to be distributed.  Chinanet Fujian Province Network apparently the last company to snatch half a million of IP addresses allocated for Internet Service Providers (ISP).


The only solution is to accelerate the implementation of IPV6 but many ISPs especially in Asia pacific region is still not IPV6 ready.  IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses and can support 4.3 billion devices connected directly to the Internet. IPv6, on the other hand, uses 128-bit addresses and supports a virtually unlimited number of devices.

APNIC is holding 16.7 million IPv4 addresses, but the body still has reserves for other usage.  According to Apnic the exhaustion due to IPv4 the growth in fixed and mobile networks experienced in the region.

Google will house their servers in N9?

Has Google finally decided Malaysia to be one of location to host their servers in the Asian region? Our previous Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi met with Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the Davos conference in Switzerland in 2008 and the outcome was positive. Naturally Malaysia is the best choice since formed the highest group of Google users in South-East Asia. Malaysia has lower energy tariffs compared to India or Singapore and outside the ring of fire – certainly removed Asian countries like Taiwan from the list.


Teliti International is currently building and hiring NOCS engineer and specialists. Together with Cisco they are building DC in Bandar Enstek Technology Park in Negeri Sembilan, which is close to KLIA and 120,000 sq ft in size and claimed the biggest Data enter in Asia. The state-of-the-art centre is designed to have minimal levels of energy consumption and a low environmental impact. It incorporates a reliable and fully redundant power supply to enable 99.9% uptime to all equipment as well as smart cooling systems to recycle waste heat. Solar energy and rainwater harvesting are also used for day-to-day operations.

Will Google be placing their equipment there? The IDC with sheer size is carrier neutral and recently in joined the consortium of Malaysian ISPs to purchase international bandwidth at cheaper rate. Teliti also informed that 40% of the space already been booked by Multinational companies. Whether Google servers will be placed there or not this is certainly good for our economy. Thumbs up for Teliti International!

Consortium Set Up to Own Submarine Cable

Konsortium Rangkaian Serantau Sdn Bhd under the Entry Point Projects (EPPs), has been set up to buy international bandwidth for Internet traffic to lower the costs of Internet protocol (IP) transit,
The consortium comprises 24 members including Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM), Time Dotcom Bhd, Maxis Bhd, Celcom Axiata Bhd, DiGi.Com Bhd,U Mobile Sdn Bhd, Green Packet, YTL Communications Sdn Bhd,RedTone International Bhd, OCE, Fibrerail Sdn Bhd, Jaring, Sacofa, Sarawak Information Systems, Fibrecomm Networks (M) Sdn Bhd, and V Telecoms.

“The main objective in setting up the consortium is to lower the broadband subscription cost for users through cost savings as the subscription cost of international bandwidth capacity accounts for 40% of the total cost of providing broadband services.

StarBiz reported that the consortium may build and own an undersea cable network or partner other cable networks for capacity in a private-public partnership to address the problem of high IP transit cost.

Jaring ISP appointed new CEO

JARING Communications Sdn Bhd, an internet service provider, has named Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Yaacob as its new chief executive officer effective March 1.

Nik Abdul Aziz, a former senior director of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), replaced Dr. Mohamed Awang Lah, Jaring said in a statement yesterday.

An engineer by training, Nik Abdul Aziz, 42, was also a senior vice president with Khazanah Nasional Bhd from 2005 until 2008, in charge of major IT development projects

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