DE-CIX teams up with NGX to set up regional interconnectivity hub in Delapan SBEZ

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 (Bernama) — Internet Exchange (IX) operator DE-CIX Malaysia has partnered with Northern Gateway Sdn Bhd (NGX), a wholly-owned company of the Minister of Finance Incorporated (MoF Inc), to extend its Malaysia Interconnection platform into Kota Perdana, Kedah.

This project will soon be officially renamed as the Delapan Special Border Economic Zone (SBEZ).

DE-CIX International chief executive officer Ivo Ivanov said the Delapan SBEZ development project is a significant step in strengthening the digital ecosystem throughout the ASEAN region.

“It will not only bring low-latency and high-speed connectivity to currently underserved areas but also enable cross-border data flows. DE-CIX gives people and businesses in Kedah, Perlis, and across the borders in Thailand and Indochina states the digital infrastructure they deserve,” he said in a statement today.

Delapan SBEZ is a high-tech area in Bukit Kayu Hitam and the project is expected to be completed by 2024, enabling regional tech players to further improve the country’s internet performance with the shortest, cost-effective route thus improving the performance of clouds content.

The statement said the project could strengthen Malaysia’s position as a critical regional interconnectivity hub providing secure and reliable connections from Singapore and Thai borders, as well as between East and West Malaysia.

This will further boost the adoption of digitalisation in Malaysia, complementing the government’s efforts with the Jendela and MyDigital blueprints.

Malaysia’s internet economy is expected to reach US$35 billion in 2025, with a compound annual growth rate of 14 per cent, the statement said. – BERNAMA