Malaysia to expand data centre market to rm2 billion by 2020

NUSAJAYA: Malaysia expects to grow the data centre market to RM2 billion by 2020 from RM800 million last year, driven by the growing demand for data outsourcing globally.

Minister of Communication and Multimedia Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the data centre sector in Malaysia was expected to be key to the region’s growth potential.

“Already an international location for major enterprises, Malaysia is well positioned for market reach to potential growth opportunities in Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar to the north and to other large growth nations, such as Indonesia and the Philippines,” he said at the opening of the DataCloud Southeast Asia conference here yesterday.

Ahmad Shabery said the data centre industry in Malaysia has seen significant growth over the last five years with government’s emphasis placed on driving the industry by enhancing local capabilities, facilities and talent.

“There are 26 data centre service companies in the country, providing a total of one million square feet of data centre space,” he added.

Currently, the biggest data centre in Malaysia is sprawled over 200,000 square feet, which is about the size of a two-and-a-half football fields, he added.

Ahmad Shabery said it was staggering to think about the overwhelming streams of data that people produced from activities on the Internet.

“Collectively, we send more than 60 billion WhatsApp messages a day, upload 2.4 million photos on Instagram every hour, view six million Facebook pages every minute and make one million Google searches every second globally,” he said.
Hence, storing and managing these huge amount of data is definitely a challenge, he added.

“In the data economy, creating wealth requires the skill of an alchemist.

In other words, management of this abundant resource will be key for countries and companies that aspire to surge ahead,” Ahmad Shabery said.

On the roll-out of the National Big Data Framework last year, he said it could provide guidelines for the country to propel itself as a data hub in the region.

Meanwhile, the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) announced the establishment of a 280 hectare global data hub centre in Sedenak, Kulaijaya.

Chief Executive Officer Datuk Yasmin Mahmood said groundwork like basic infrastructure were already in place.

“We are currently in talks with several multinational companies to set up operations here.

However, we cannot disclose the value and the parties to date,” she said a press conference.

The data hub, expected to become the key milestone project to make Malaysia a global hub, will be powered by 600 megawatts of electricity and have about one million servers. — Bernama



RM38.4b High Speed Rail Project Approved

Lawmakers last Friday 10 April 2015 approved the RM38.4 billion high speed rail (HSR) project which will connect Malaysia and Singapore and drive growth in the Iskandar Malaysia economic corridor.

The government now has the mandate and funding needed to set up MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd, the company that will undertake the construction of the system. As an initial investment, Ministry of Finance Inc will invest in 10 million shares of MyHSR Corp for RM1 per share.

Construction is expected to begin in 2016, with services operational by 2020. As development of the Iskandar Malaysia economic corridor enters its next stage, the case for the proposed HSR has never been stronger.

At the recent launch of the second phase of the RM42 billion gross development value Gerbang Nusajaya, touted as the gateway township to the region due to its proximity to Singapore, its developers and the regional authority made presentations on the HSR and underscored how it would drive occupation and development in the region.

“The HSR will have a significant impact on population growth in Iskandar,” says DTZ Malaysia consultancy and research head Brian Koh. Within Gerbang Nusajaya itself, Koh predicts a 44% increase in the township’s population if the HSR is completed.

“The key success factor for Iskandar is connectivity. The HSR must happen to ensure Iskandar continues to grow, not just from an economic perspective, but also from the stakeholder’s perspective,” said Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, CEO of the Iskandar Regional Development Authority.

He said the HSR would be complemented with an efficient bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which he said would be faster to implement and make more fiscal sense in the region.

“But by 2025, if we reached a certain critical point (in demand), we might want to upgrade the BRT to MRT (mass rapid transit,” he said.

A property analyst told The Malaysian Reserve the HSR could entice younger workers to stay in Iskandar and travel home to other states or Singapore during the holidays or weekends.

“The HSR would fit in with the government’s plans to increase the population of Johor, which is the key factor in driving up the state’s economy,” she says.

“It could be said the success of Iskandar does hinge on the rail project.” The proposed project will feature trains that travel at speeds of up to 250 km/h and will transport passengers from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore in just 90 minutes, with stops in Putrajaya, Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor.

Said to be South-East Asia’s most ambitious infrastructure project, the HSR is expected to unlock the full potential of Iskandar, which is expected to see full completion in 2025. Last month, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhiyuddin Yassin that Japanese rail firms were very interested in getting involved in the project.

Japan’s famed Shinkansen network features train speeds of up to 320km/h, transporting more than five billion passengers throughout its operational service, and Muhiyuddin has reportedly expressed the government’s interest in using Japanese technology for the project.


Singapore, Malaysia working to agree on high-speed rail project by Q3

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport says both countries are working on “a number of complex issues, including the operating and financing models, that have to be jointly agreed upon”

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s Transport Ministry has confirmed that it is working towards a third-quarter timeline to reach a bilateral agreement on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project.

In response to queries from Channel NewsAsia, a spokesperson today (Mar 21) said the ministry is working closely with its Malaysian counterparts on various aspects of the HSR project, and that both sides are working on “a number of complex issues, including the operating and financing models, that have to be jointly agreed upon”.

The Malaysian Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) told Channel NewsAsia earlier this week that plans for the HSR project on the Malaysian side could only progress to the procurement stage after discussions with Singapore

CEO of SPAD Mohd Nur Ismail Kamal said the open tender for the rail project would most likely take place in early 2016.

When completed in 2020, the HSR link between the two cities will reduce the overland journey time by half — to under three hours. It will be the first high-speed rail link in Southeast Asia.

Japan has reiterated its keenness to be involved in the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed train project, the first in Southeast Asia, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

This was stated to him by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting on the sidelines of the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.

Besides that, two of China’s top rail companies are reportedly keen to bid for the construction of the high-speed railway (HSR) linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.

The website reported that the two companies preparing to bid for the construction of the railway project were China Railway Construction Corp and China Southern Railway.

The website said Japan Railways, French firm Alstom and Siemens were said to be among some of the other bidders.