KUALA LUMPUR, 12 May, 2014 – The Malaysian Mobile Content Provider Association (MMCP) President, Johary Mustapha, today makes his statement on Malaysia’s ranking of slow internet speeds unfair and not accurate.
Much has been mentioned about the recent ranking position of Malaysia in the Ookla’s ranking of average speed tests conducted recently which results in divergent outcomes. As quoted by local the newspaper, “the average broadband speed in Malaysia is slower than Vietnam and Cambodia, and barely ahead of Myanmar. Almost three times slower than Vietnam, Malaysia at 5.48 Megabits per second (Mbps) was ranked a low 126 out of 192 countries surveyed from May 2013 to April this year in the recent Net Index. But when it comes to the availability of hyper fast speeds, Hong Kong in the first ranking, with a speed of (78.3 Mbps), followed by Singapore with (66.6 Mbps), while South Korea was ranked fourth (53.77Mbps), the United Kingdom 23rd (26.85Mbps) and the United States, 32nd (23.9Mbps).”
“The report was deemed inconclusive, as methods used for the tests are completely unscientific. The speed tests used to arrive at these conclusions were not controlled at all. There could be no exact way of knowing how many internet users were connected to their modem/routers via single Ethernet and how many were connected wirelessly or through third party modems, which might have a big impact on observed data speeds,” said Johary Mustapha, MMCP President.
“For example, Malaysian internet users performing a ‘Speed test’ in a regular café with a hotspot facility might not realise the speed test conducted is in an environment where there are other active users browsing the internet, and thus affects the test conducted. An example case would be if 10 users were sharing a 10mb broadband connection, one person would most likely get a 1mb connection if shared equally on best effort basis,” explained Johary.
However, The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in its press release, say “The Communication and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek’s scepticism on online data published by Ookla on Malaysia’s broadband speed.”
According to MCMC’s press release it has long recognized the need to upgrade broadband speeds and quality and since 2010 has pushed for broadband expansion through the implementation of the High Speed Broadband (HSBB) project under the National Broadband Initiative (NBI). MCMC has gone so far as to issue new spectrum on LTE on 2.6 GHz and also allowed the existing operators to upgrade their networks in the 1800 MHz band to LTE.
While acknowledging more could be done to improve the nation’s internet penetration and speed, the MMCP President urges more entities providing public Wi-Fi service to boost or upgrade its internet connection, as more and more Malaysians are converting to smart devices, thus increasing the need for high speed broadband.
“Malaysians are generally lucky as there are many café operators providing free Wi-Fi service to complement its F&B offerings, as compared to most countries in Europe, where Wi-Fi services are charged. This promotes more development in the mobile content industry, where mobile users are starting to download more and more of rich content such as video, applications and games,” said Johary.
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The Malaysian Mobile Content Providers Association (MMCP) was initiated back in 2006 as a platform for all Mobile Content Providers (CPs) to come together under one banner to better address issues raised and ensure the interest of CPs are protected. This includes active participations with the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the Consumer Forum of Malaysia (CFM), the Communications and Multimedia Content Forum Malaysia (CMCF), Celcos, the Malaysian government via Kementerian Penerangan, Komunikasi & Kebudayaan and other relevant bodies. The association was formalized in 17th August 2007 and currently has 25 ordinary members and 4 associate members. The objective of the Association is to protect CPs interest and consumers as well. For more information, please visit www.mmcp.org.my
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