From Origins To Overload: 10 Essential Internet Insights For Malaysians


The Internet, often described as the network of networks, has become an indispensable part of daily life for billions worldwide, including a significant segment of Malaysians. Here are 10 key facts about the Internet that shed light on its evolution, impact, and importance:

  1. Internet Origins: The Internet’s beginnings can be traced back to Arpanet in 1969, reaching Malaysia in 1985 through the pioneering Rangkaian Komputer Malaysia (RangKoM), highlighting its decentralized and resilient design.
  2. Complex Network: Globally, the Internet comprises over 117,000 autonomous sub-networks, each identifiable by Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs). In Malaysia, there are 288 ASNs facilitating diverse data exchanges across sectors.
  3. Web Universe: There are approximately 1.1 billion websites globally, with the Internet’s first site launching in 1991, marking its transformation into a dynamic platform for global information dissemination.
  4. Email Overload: An estimated 131.4 trillion emails will be sent and received worldwide in 2024, underscoring the Internet’s critical role in modern communication despite nearly half being spam.
  5. Global Connectivity: As of 2023, about 5.4 billion people worldwide were online, with Malaysia showing high internet penetration at 97.4% of its population.
  6. Domain Diversity: Over 360 million domains were registered globally by the end of 2023, with Malaysia’s .my domain boasting over 288,000 registrations, facilitating easy website access.
  7. Data Avalanche: The Internet manages around 126 zettabytes of data annually, expected to double by 2027, highlighting the crucial role of infrastructure providers like DE-CIX in managing global data flows.
  8. Business Backbone: In Malaysia, the Internet drives business operations, from market insights and AI utilization to cloud storage and customer engagement, enhancing productivity and economic growth.
  9. Economic Impact: E-commerce and online advertising are significant contributors to Malaysia’s economy, with an expected e-commerce market value of RM41 billion by 2023, reflecting substantial growth.
  10. Decentralized Ownership: Governed by shared protocols and coordinated by ICANN, the Internet remains decentralized and resilient against shutdowns, crucial for global connectivity and Malaysia’s digital transformation.

The Internet continues to shape society and business profoundly, necessitating robust infrastructure and digital policies to leverage its full potential for Malaysia’s future growth and innovation.

Listicle contributed by DE-CIX.

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