Why is it MYREN-X

In 2014, MOHE (then MOE) set up a Working Committee on the Preparation of Network Infrastructure or JKKPIR (Jawatankuasa Kerja Penyediaan Infrastruktur Rangkaian) in Bahasa Malaysia, to study the effectiveness of MYREN and to propose the direction of this network in line with the aspirations set forth in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education).

The summary findings of the JKKPIR study on MYREN’s services are:

1. Maximum bandwidth speed offered is 1 Gbps only for worldwide connectivity (via TEIN) as compared to 2.5 to 10 Gbps in other Asian countries more advanced in research and education:


2. Maximum bandwidth speed of only 2 Gbps for most research universities, which is then shared among the lecturers, students and educational and research laboratories within each university.



3. The average bandwidth that each student of the country’s higher education institutions gets is 0.05 Mbps or 5 Kbps (range: between 0.01 to 0.19 Mbps). This average speed is lower than the speed that can be achieved with the broadband service normally subscribed by residential or via mobile phone users.


4. Research and education networks need to have separate infrastructure from the public Internet infrastructure because of their unique demand and usages. The usage in teaching and learning by lecturers and students requires considerable capacity over a long period of time; whereas usage in researches requires very huge and very stable capacity within a short period of time but with irregular scheduling or on ad-hoc basis.


5. Not all campuses are connected. MYREN only connects to main campuses or specific laboratories, which limits access to valuable resources such as laboratory equipment and high performance computing facility. In addition, the opportunity to make distance/remote learning or virtual lecture is limited as it is unable to share lecturers and other sources of reference or not have the opportunity to conduct virtual collaboration.



What is MYREN-X direction

Provides bandwidth speeds of up to 100 Gbps as connection to international gateways through Asi@Connect for research universities analogous to other countries.

Provides bandwidth speeds of up to 100 Gbps as interconnections between local research universities so that the connection can become facilitators and catalysts of further collaboration in research and educational activities.

Provides specialised dedicated infrastructure and facilities such as an experiment platform in science and technology which is separate from the public Internet, as well as high-performance data centres.

Provides bandwidth speeds with an average of more than 1 Mbps per student, which will:

increase the production and use of local content by the university

enhance and facilitate high definition video streams (HD) in teaching and learning

increase the use of technology in education

increase the use of technology in research

Provides a basic network that can support up to 400 Gbps capacity, where speeds of up to 10 Gbps can be provided to every university campus, polytechnic and community colleges, and speeds of up to 1 Gbps can be provided to other higher education and research institutions.

Has dedicated fiber optic connection specifically for teaching, learning, research and administration of higher educational institutions.

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