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Internet Exchange Point vital to improve Sabah’s ICT capabilities

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Clarence presenting a memento to Johnny as Sylvia and others look on.

24th March, 2017

By ERIC BAGANG

KOTA KINABALU: Physical infrastructure such as Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is essential to improve Sabah’s ICT capabilities, said Sabah Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker, Datuk Johnny Mositun.

According to him, IXP is a key part of the internet ecosystem and represents a vital way to increase the affordability and quality of connectivity in the local community.

“It would also enable local networks to efficiently exchange information by eliminating the need to exchange local internet traffic overseas.

“This will further complement and improve the functions of other parts if the internet ecosystem by offloading local traffic from congestion and more expensive international links, thereby creating opportunities for a competitive environment,” he said at the ITCC Sabah Peering Talk 2017 at a hotel here, yesterday.

The event was organised by Kota Integriti Sdn Bhd in collaboration with ITCC-Penampang and Sabanilam Enterprise Sdn Bhd with the aim of further exposing Sabahans to information and communication technology (ICT), and to spur ICT development in the state.

Johnny also said that we should be encouraged by the initiatives taken by the private companies to strengthen their respective organisations through strategic planning, networking and peering exercises.

This, he said indicated the private sector’s concerns and commitment to improve the ICT industry in the state, in line with the Sabah Development Corridor initiative to leverage Sabah’s inherent strengths, to expand and grow high potential economic activities. “I therefore wish to congratulate ITCC-Penampang, Sabanilam Enterprise Sdn Bhd and Kota Integriti Sdn Bhd for their initiative in organising this talk. “I have also been made to understand that ITCC-Penampang has the first Cybercentre compliant building in Sabah which will contribute towards increasing the level and standard of IT infrastructure and buildings in the state.

“As the world is moving towards globalisation and Malaysia is moving towards regionalisation, the country faces uncertainties of foreseen and unforeseen forces and challenges.

“The private sector as engine of growth will need to be more effective and be more self-driven towards meeting the challenges and to turn them into opportunities.

“The rapid development and advancement of information technology, competition and complex environments demands that the Sabah’s public and private companies to look for innovative approaches.

“Thus, the leaders and relevant policy makers will have to create their own visions and missions, and to implement planned strategies to address certain and uncertain issues,” he said.

According to Johnny, the public and private sector in the state are committed to contributing to regional and global ICT industry through the development and adoption of mechanisms, development of skills, and improvement of ICT infrastructure.

The speakers were WIT.net Chief Technology Officer, Jonathan Tan, KIT Sdn Bhd consultant, Steve Choo Ken Nyen, Common Tower Technologies Sdn Bhd CEO, Dr Mahadi Harris-Murshidi, Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMSIX) Business Development officer, Erik Verhoef and ASEAN at Extreme Networks (NASDAQ:EXTR) senior regional network consultant, Wan Jamal Wan Kamaruddin.

Also present at the event were Sabanilam Enterprise Sdn Bhd executive chairman Datuk Seri Clarence Bongkos Malakun, Sabanilam Enterprise Sdn Bhd managing director, Datin Seri Sylvia Malakun, and Yayasan Sabah Corporate Business Development group manager, Douglas J Joinol, among others.

   
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