DE-CIX Malaysia, Northern Gateway to expand interconnection platform

KUALA LUMPUR: DE-CIX Malaysia has partnered with Northern Gateway Sdn Bhd to extend its interconnection platform in Kota Perdana, near the border of Malaysia and Thailand.

The Internet Exchange (IX) operator said the extension of the existing DE-CIX Malaysia Interconnection platform would be housed in Open DC’s soon to be built tier-3 data centre at the country’s northern border. 

This project aims to facilitate traffic exchange in the region and pave the way for low latency and high-speed connectivity across borders in Southeast Asia.

“It will provide businesses on both sides of the Malaysian-Thai border with the opportunity to connect to each other directly and exchange data with high performance and reliability. 

“In addition, it opens up access to the wider DE-CIX Asia interconnection ecosystem for businesses and network operators from both Malaysia and Thailand, e.g. to source content and applications and access clouds directly from Singapore,” it said. 

DE-CIX International chief executive officer Ivo Ivanov said the extension of the existing DE-CIX Malaysia Interconnection platform to the Northern Gateway was a significant step in strengthening the digital ecosystem throughout the Asean region.

Ivanov said it would not only bring low-latency and high-speed connectivity to currently underserved areas but also enable cross-border data flows.

“By facilitating the local exchange of traffic, but also the direct interconnection with networks at other DE-CIX IXs in the region, DE-CIX gives people and businesses in Kedah, Perlis, and across the border in Thailand the digital infrastructure they deserve,” he said.

Northern Gateway chief executive officer Razwin Sulairee Hasnan Termizi said the partnership with DE-CIX signified another major milestone for Delapan.

“DE-CIX@Delapan will strengthen our border ecosystem to benefit Malaysia, Thailand and also Indochina.

“NGX will continue to invest in developing critical infrastructures to position Delapan as the most sustainable gateway to the Indochina market,” said Razwin.

The project is expected to be completed by 2024, enabling prospective collaborative efforts with other regional tech players and the industry’s private sector to further improve the country’s Internet performance. – New Straits Times