Leading Internet Exchange Operator DE-CIX sees Malaysia as Major ASEAN Interconnectivity Hub

The white paper entitledNew interconnection markets in Southeast Asia”, released exclusively via a virtual press conference today, was commissioned by DE-CIX, operator of the world’s largest neutral interconnection ecosystem and one of the world’s leading Internet Exchanges and researched and written by the neutral telecommunications analyst TeleGeography.

In its new white paper on the interconnection potential of the ASEAN region, demonstrates that Malaysia is set to become a sub-regional interconnectivity hub for Southeast Asia. With excellent international and terrestrial connectivity to the rest of Southeast Asia and beyond, Malaysia has the potential to complement the major content hub of Singapore by providing regional interconnection for growing local needs.

TeleGeography highlights that over the years, an excessive dependence on Singapore as the regional and global hub has developed for some networks in the region, resulting in an increasing demand for more widely distributed carrier and data center neutral interconnection infrastructure. This development creates opportunities for at least five frontier markets in the region – Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok, Manila, and Hanoi.

The demand for interconnection in Southeast Asia is growing rapidly. Some international operators have become overly dependent on Singapore for connectivity in Southeast Asia. Therefore, the movement toward an interconnection platform that spans multiple markets in the region – creating a Southeast Asia wide interconnection ecosystem – is a natural step, as other parts of the world have gone through a similar transformation,said Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX International.

Mr. Weng Yew Wong, Board of Management of DE-CIX Malaysia and Singapore said: “The white paper reveals that the Southeast Asian markets are already highly interconnected and possess regional self-reliance. With the DE-CIX Asia interconnection ecosystem, all DE-CIX’s existing and future IXs in Southeast Asia will be interconnected. Connected customers at any of the exchanges will be able to immediately access networks at any of the other DE-CIX IXs in the region. This will provide a seamless connection, top quality interconnection services, and the most cost-effective way to peer across Southeast Asia.”

Announced in late 2019, DE-CIX and the local Malaysian Internet Exchange provider JBIX created the joint venture DE-CIX Malaysia, which currently runs two Internet Exchanges in the greater Kuala Lumpur and the Johor Bahru region. DE-CIX is to open further Internet Exchanges in Southeast Asia in due course.

(This content is surmised from a press release)