Malaysia Broadband Speeds – a joke

Posted on June 7, 2010

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Excerpts from The Star 7 Jun : Broadband push to drive economy

– Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants the people to understand the positive impact and importance of broadband towards economic growth and the need to expand its use, quality and service.
– Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said Malaysia’s penetration rate of 36.1% was far behind Singapore, South Korea and Japan.
– Based on studies in Asean countries, a 10% increase in broadband penetration could lead to a 1% increase in a country’s gross domestic product growth
– “The capability of a country to compete on the global stage largely depends on the use of ICT and broadband by the private sector and government“

– In a world that is moving forward rapidly, everything depends on speed and ability in managing communication, providing information and carrying out transactions,” Muhyiddin said.
– Rais, in his speech, said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Com (MCMC) mission hoped the household penetration level in Malaysia would reach 50% by the end of the year.

WELL SAID !!! – the problem with our politicians is they are not realistic about the exact status of our broadband. Well perhaps they have a team of guys who access the internet for them to browse information for their political needs, update their blogs, read and reply  their emails  etc so much so they are completely clueless and ignorant about our miserable broadband speeds.

Based on millions of recent test results from Speedtest.net, its broadband index  compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe. The value is the rolling average throughput in Mbps over the past 30 days where the mean distance between the client and the server is less than 300 miles. Detailed results are at http://www.netindex.com/download/allcountries/

Malaysia ranks a lowly 102nd out of 152 countries in terms of its average download speed. We are in the bottom 50’s and we should be “proud” in view of Malaysia proudly proclaimed Multimedia Super Corridor initiatives to bring the country forward to the digital and computerized era of the future.

The tests showed that Malaysia’s average download speed was 1.90 Mbps as compared with 2.49 Mbps in Uganda – land of the poor and starving.

The nation’s download speed was also about 18 times slower than the top-ranked country, South Korea, which had an average download speed of 34.14 Mbps.

Latest update till 5 Jun 2010 :
Just to illustrate how embarrassing we are – just look at the rankings of the following countries which are supposedly less developed than us  :  Albania (99 ), Bosnia ( 83 ), Uganda ( 86 ), Rwanda ( 85 ) , Mongolia ( 36 ), Kazasthan ( 60 ).

Asian countries ranking in comparison : Korea ( 1 ), Japan ( 5 ), Singapore ( 30 ), Thailand ( 61 ), China ( 75 ) .

Our Ministers should face reality – until the day we can improved our broadband speeds all talk of  ” wants the people to understand the positive impact and importance of broadband towards economic growth “, household penetration level in Malaysia would reach 50% by the end of the year” and “a 10% increase in broadband penetration could lead to a 1% increase in a country’s gross domestic product growth” , is just typical  empty vessels making a lot of noise.


Our PM and DPM should set the KPI’s for the Information Ministry to achieve. First thing they should do is to replace the Information Minister  ( who is well known for his outdated knowledge of Internet capabilities  ) with one who is younger and knowledgeable about telecommunication and internet technologies.