By Samantha Tan Chiew Tieng, Bernama (Malaysian National News Agency)
SINGAPORE, June 16–The newly-launched Internet Protocol (IP) node called Platinum IP Transit will position Malaysia as an Internet hub for the Asia Pacific region, according to Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM).
The IP node was jointly launched Tuesday by TM and US-based Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications Inc.
â€œThe IP node will enable TM to offer high-end network services at competitive price, which will enhance its ability to offer high-quality IP-based services to local service providers and hence companies with operations in Malaysia,â€ TM group chief executive officer Datuk Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa told reporters at CommunicAsia 2009 here today.
CommunicAsia 2009 is a regional information and communications technology (ICT) exhibition and a global platform set to address current and emerging issues in the ICT and digital convergence landscape.
The IP node launch came just four months after TM and Verizon signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop the Internet hub in Cyberjaya.
Among the benefits cited for the hub are faster connections among local ISPs (Internet service providers), lower broadband costs, and more reliable international connections.
â€œThe IP node will support the delivery of advanced data services to Malaysian-headquartered companies as well as multinational companies with operations in Malaysia and throughout the region,â€ said Zamzamzairani.
He said that customers will gain cost savings on international connectivity, as Internet queries and traffic needed to go outside the region and then back again. â€œThe Platinum IP Transit service is a product poised to benefit Asian ISPs, cellular broadband providers, content and application providers as well as enterprises,â€ he added.
Zamzamzairani said the collaboration will benefit customers with multinational operations, enabling them to gain seamless access to Verizon Businessâ€™ expansive global network and solutions.
â€œVerizon customers with operations in the Malaysian market will likewise be able to benefit from our extensive local market expertise,â€ he said.
â€œThis collaboration will provide an impetus for Malaysia to become a regional transit hub for global Internet service providersâ€™ routing traffic,â€ he added.
Besides cost savings for businesses, end-users will also benefit from the new IP node as Web surfers can expect faster connections and quicker page loads as part of the Internet traffic is now routed within the country, TM said.