Telekom M'sia forms alliance with Cambodian Internet service provider


Deal done...Asri (2nd from left) exchanges documents with MekongNet president and CEO Sok Channda. They are flanked by TM general manager (global product & business delivery - global & wholesale) Mohamad Arifin Hasan (far left) and MekongNet commercial division director Tatiana Yap.

KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) is strengthening its regional footprint in South-East Asia by teaming up with MekongNet, a leading Internet service provider and Internet exchange provider in Cambodia.

TM said in a statement that through the partnership, MekongNet would host and provide network infrastructure for TM’s multi-services node or point-of-presence (PoP) in Cambodia. 

“This will enable MekongNet to provide alternative connectivity solution to its customers as well as serving Cambodia’s growing demands for international internet bandwidth, through diverse routes, connecting to TM’s other PoPs in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong,” it said.

The PoP which is located in MekongNet’s Internet data centre in Phnom Penh will be serving various services including IPVPN, IP transit and global ethernet services. 

“This collaborative effort enables both TM and MekongNet to capitalise each other’s regional strength, supporting bilateral communication needs between these two countries and further allowing MekongNet to expand product reachability to its customers worldwide through TM’s global presence,” TM said.
 
TM vice-president (global & wholesale) Mohamed Asri Jaafar said the alliance with MekongNet would further strengthen its regional coverage in the region and, through the new PoP, enable it to offer a vast range of services at competitive prices, going in and out from Cambodia through diversified routes via submarine and terrestrial cables.

“This new PoP will address the increasing demand of IP services coming from the Indochina region, which just like the rest of the emerging market, is currently experiencing rapid economy and internet bandwidth growth,” he added.
 
The bilateral master service agreement, signed by both companies, reinforces a safer network for both parties’ customers as well as providing affordable, high performance connectivity including point-to-point and point-to-multipoint services.

In May TM had signed an agreement with Telcotech of Cambodia and Symphony Communication of Thailand to form a consortium to build a 1,300km Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand submarine cable system.

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