Aside from learning the role of Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX) at its recent media briefing, we have also discovered that a major Internet TV company will be joining the non-profit entity soon. The said company is Netflix, who begun to provide its service in Malaysia a year ago as part of its global expansion.
According to MyIX’s Chairman, Chiew Kok Hin, both parties are currently in final phase of discussion and the group expects that everything will be finalized by the second quarter of 2017. While Chiew didn’t provide in-depth details regarding the arrangement between both companies, we believe that it is likely related to Netflix’s Open Connect network.
He has point out that the nearest Netflix content distribution facility to Malaysia at the moment is located in Singapore which means having the service peering to MyIX might help improve Netflix experience here in Malaysia. Interestingly, Chiew also stated that the Netflix facility in MyIX is primarily meant for its customers in Malaysia rather than serving as a regional node.
All in all, this is certainly a great addition to the list of existing cooperation that the Netflix already has in Malaysia which include those with Digi, Maxis, and U Mobile as well as content distribution deal with Double Vision.