CYBERJAYA: TS Global Network Sdn Bhd (TSGN) aims to leverage its network of VSATs (very small aperture terminals) and employ cutting-edge satellite communications (Satcom) technology to deliver high-speed and affordable broadband to underserved and new areas in Malaysia.
TSGN, a Satcom services and solutions specialist, is investing over RM250mil within the next five years for its Satcom programme to deliver next-generation technology to the Asean region.
“The challenge remains in delivering and driving broadband connectivity to rural and remote areas. Satcom forms a subset of the wireless platform which enables access to such areas.
“However, it is often the interim option adopted due to misconceptions and inadequate investments in the ecosystem to make it more viable,” said TSGN chairman Datuk Hod Parman at the official launch of TSG International Sdn Bhd (TSGi) Cyberport by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
The RM100mil TSGi Cyberport spanning three acres is the first “carrier neutral” facility in Malaysia. It comprises three segments – an antenna farm housing 32 large and small antennas, international Internet Protocol (IP) gateway with connectivity to local and global telcos, as well as a 40,000-sq-ft tier-three data centre.
A “carrier-neutral” facility offers customers the freedom of choice and is not locked down to any satellite or telecoms provider.
The TSGN Group currently operates two SAT Teleports in Cyberjaya, serving video distribution, Satcom services, data centre and IP gateway services.
Aspiring to be the leading Satcom player in the region, TSGN has identified, among others, Indonesia and the Philippines as potential growth markets for its services and expertise on both ground and space segments.
Overseas operations currently contribute an estimated 10% of the group’s total revenue, with plans to double it to more than 20% over the next five years.
On broadband facilities in rural areas, TSGN chief executive officer Kent Ho said the company recently invested in a new platform capable of delivering 100Mbps to the underserved and unserved market.
Having operated VSAT broadband services in Malaysia since 2004, the group has ventured into remote areas such as Long Lama in Sarawak.
“As we progress in terms of technology and cyberport facilities, we hope to also grow by improving broadband speed and services in rural areas,” said Ho.
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