CACHEBOX spice for Malaysia roll-out
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that it is providing a caching solution for Malaysia’s Universal Service Provision (USP) initiative. The project aims to bridge the country’s digital divide and build a knowledge society by providing key infrastructure and ICT equipment to underserved areas.
A key element of USP, 1Malaysia Village will provide free WiFi services to remote villages using a ‘Hub and Spoke’ network concept. This will see a CACHEBOX deployed at USP managed Internet Cafes (Hubs) with connections made to WiFi Access Points in nearby villages (Spokes).
The project will provide 4Mbps connections to villages that have previously had no internet access. It is linked with another Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) initiative that has distributed 1.5m notebooks to villages for shared or individual use. By caching content in the hubs, 1Malaysia Village can use low bandwidth VSAT connections, keeping the cost of data backhaul under control.
For the first stage of the caching deployment, 30 CACHEBOX100s have been provided to each of 2 ISPs; Malaysia Telecom and Digi Communications. “We’re pleased to see that MCMC has recognised the role that caching can play in making this exciting project cost-effective” says Dave Gravell, CACHEBOX Sales Manager.
“Our range offers different models for different sizes of requirement and there really isn’t another caching appliance that would fit this purpose,” comments Dave. “Our Central Management Console will also make it easy for 1Malaysia to remotely manage boxes all over the country – essential for a project that is distributed over such a large geographic area.”
Since the initial deployment in 2015, many hundreds of CACHEBOX units have been deployed as more villages connect to 1Malaysia Village’s network.
MCMC’s Universal Service Program has implemented several ICT projects since 2002 including the deployment of 3G infrastructure, hundreds of local internet centres and several million netbooks and smart devices.