Monday, 31 January 2011

TM & NTT Com to Construct Submarine Cable System Worth RM427mil



Telekom Malaysia (TM) has teamed up with Japan's NTT Communications (NTT Com) to build a new US$140 million (RM427 million) international submarine cable system to enhance Internet protocol communications in the region.

TM's Group Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Seri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said the submarine cable system will have six fiber pairs to be developed at a cost of US$412 million.

He said TM will own two pairs named Cahaya Malaysia which will span a distance of 7,000 kilometers and link Malaysia to Hong Kong and Japan utilizing dense wavelength division multiplexing technology (DWDM).

"NTT Com will own the remaining four fiber pairs which they plan to develop with other regional carriers to provide landing points in the Philippines and Singapore," he told reporters after the signing of an agreement here today.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim.     

Zamzamzairani said the project funded internally by the company, would enable TM to improve latency connectivity by 25 percent.

"Phase one of the cable system linking Malaysia to Japan will be completed by the middle of 2012, while phase two linking Malaysia to Hong Kong is expected to be completed by the end of 2012."

Zamzamzairani said the cable system is the first in the region based on 40 gigabits per second (Gbps) DWDM technology with a design capacity of 15 terabyte per second.

He said the cable system will be capable of supporting the upcoming 100Gbps DWDM technology which will effectively raise its capacity to several times its initial capacity.

"This cable system will also provide an alternative, diverse routing within the Asia-Pacific region to avoid areas prone to seismic activities which are hazardous to undersea cables," he said.

Currently, TM owns or leases capacity on more than 10 submarine cable systems, which span more than 60,000 fiber routes miles around the globe, including several submarine cable routes that it uses to carry traffic between the Asia-Pacific region and North America.


- Bernama


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