PETALING JAYA - Malaysians may be one of the most globally-connected people but it's not necessarily at a speed they want.
According to a new global survey, the average broadband speed in Malaysia is slower than Vietnam and Cambodia in the region, and barely ahead of Myanmar.
Almost three times slower than Vietnam, Malaysia at 5.48 Megabits per second (Mbps) was ranked a low 126 out of 192 countries surveyed from May 2013 to April this year in the recent Net Index.
Zooming to the number one spot was Hong Kong with a speed of 78.3 Mbps. Singapore sped to second placing at 66.6 Mbps while South Korea was ranked fourth (53.77Mbps), the United Kingdom 23rd (26.85Mbps) and the United States, 32nd (23.9Mbps).
The survey was conducted by Ookla - a global broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications company that compares the download, upload and line quality of broadband connections.
Commenting on the survey results, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM)'s ICT and multimedia committee chairman Dr Neoh Vee Heng said its 2,678 members were generally concerned about the country's slow Internet speed, the unavailability of wireless and fibre connections, and the high cost of connectivity.
"One member who is investing in a big project in Sepang is very worried about the slow 1Mbps broadband speed in that area.
"More and more FMM members are becoming heavily dependent on the Internet for their global business communications and transactions. Unfortunately, connectivity in Malaysia is slow and costly compared with our neighbouring countries," he said, adding that it was important for businesses to have fast Internet connectivity at a reasonable cost.
The FMM would meet with the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to discuss how broadband services could be improved and its cost reduced, he said.
Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) secretary-general Datuk Paul Selvaraj said slow Internet connection was among the top grouses of consumers.