MCMC: Slower internet speed in Malaysia due to surge in bandwidth demand
KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said today said that the surge in bandwidth demand following the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) last month has led to slower internet speed in Malaysia. In response to a report by Opensignal...
Thursday, 09 Apr 2020 11:03 AM MYTBY KENNETH TEEMCMC said that local telecommunications and internet service providers were currently working round the clock to increase bandwidth capacity to ensure continued delivery of essential services during the MCO period. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said today said that the surge in bandwidth demand following the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) last month has led to slower internet speed in Malaysia.
In response to a report by Opensignal titled ‘Mobile Experience during the Covid-19 pandemic: 4G Download Speed released’, MCMC said the increased use of video conferencing, learning and shopping over the Internet has made higher demand for bandwidth inevitable.
“Adherence to the MCO by remaining indoors at all times saw 23.5 per cent higher Internet traffic nationwide (for both fixed and mobile broadband services) during the first week of the MCO while the second week of the MCO saw a further increase of 8.6 per cent.
“Greater data consumption could create congestion causing speeds to fall. This has affected the user experience whereby longer loading time is observed particularly while consuming bandwidth-intensive content such as streaming services on High Definition (HD),” it said in a statement here.
According to the Opensignal report, Malaysia’s 4G download speeds dropped from 13.4Mbps on average in early February to an average of 8.8Mbps last week from 23 to 29 March. However, MCMC said similar trends were also being observed globally, where operators around the world are experiencing an unprecedented increase in bandwidth usage due to this behavioural shift.
It added that local telecommunications and internet service providers were currently working round the clock to increase bandwidth capacity to ensure continued delivery of essential services during the MCO period following an additional investment of RM400 million for infrastructure and network upgrades.
On March 27, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced an RM400 million allocation for the multimedia and communication sector under the Prihatin stimulus package.Among the upgrades MCMC listed were network optimisation and radio capacity upgrades at areas with high utilisation; traffic readjustment to cater to the rising bandwidth demand at residential premises; upgrading wireless backhaul to fibre optic connections; increasing domestic trunk capacities including laying new fibre optic infrastructure, increasing interconnect bandwidth and releasing reserved capacities; increasing international link capacities and mobilising portable base stations as well as providing Wi-Fi access points to manage network traffic at critical areas.
“During this period, MCMC and service providers are working together to monitor the network performance and to facilitate any challenges on the ground faced by service providers in performing their job to deploy additional infrastructure and maintain the sites including approvals from the authorities.
“MCMC is optimistic that a more resilient digital connectivity awaits Malaysians upon the implementation of all the initiatives planned by the Government with the support of various stakeholders, particularly industry players,” it said. Read more: Malay Mail »
So what is the free GB for ? Waste of money SKMM_MCMC Well Done MCMC ! 1GB free! 😅 Everybody is online Better use it thru the back door. Hi u guys suppost to be ready all the time to bring excellent service to customer. Its can cause slow payment from us too... glimpseofsheeks Bs Give us extra speed then. Provide us wider bandwith. Dont just give excuses to a loyal customer.
SKMM_MCMC Better give discount 50% to all bills. Then the money can be channelled to better caused. As expected when massive use there will be a hiccup... Now got some stupid excuses also , why can you do statement say we will improve the surge demand by upgrade the network. Its bleady slow especially during night time
Semua boleh..Janji Bukan DAP poor infa, too Dah mmg kecik & slow pun selama ni kan? SKMM_MCMC they just cap the line.. Can we get a refund? SKMM_MCMC Surge or cap? And yet no improvement. That is some slow 4g average speed of 13.4mbps! Thats why people feel fedup..cannot watch Netflix, utube smoothly...so people will get out from the house la..
I thought all kept blabbering on about how bandwidth won't be affected. So basically previous statements all bs?
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