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Malaysian government promises cheaper Internet surfing rates within six months

Malaysian government promises cheaper Internet surfing rates within six months

Malaysia's government is setting up new infrastructure to make Internet surfing cheaper by reducing local reliance on servers in foreign countries such as Singapore and the United States, the national news agency reported Friday.
The creation of the Malaysia Internet Exchange will mean that Internet traffic for Malaysian surfers who visit domestic Web sites will no longer be routed through foreign servers, Energy and Communications Minister Lim Keng Yaik was quoted as saying by Bernama news agency.
The initiative, with an initial cost of 15 million ringgit (US$4.2 million; euro3.3 million), will likely be operational in six months and help Malaysia save millions of ringgit (dollars; euros) in foreign exchange annually incurred from Internet server access charges, Lim added.
Lim's press secretary confirmed the minister's comments, which were made at a ministry function in northern Perak state late Thursday.
There were no immediate estimates on how much savings would be passed to individual users and companies following the creation of the Internet exchange point, which will allow different Internet service providers in Malaysia to exchange traffic between their networks.
Officials have previously said the plan was needed to connect all service providers in Malaysia through a common backbone, since the high costs of international leased networks might hinder the country's rapid growth in user traffic.
The Malaysia Internet Exchange is also expected to provide users with faster access to local content and more secure online transactions.


Updated : 2021-02-28 03:39 GMT+08:00