A NEW core network and data centre are coming up in Sarawak to provide high-speed Internet connectivity in support of the state’s digital economy goals.
Local network service provider PP Telecommunication Sdn Bhd (PPTel) is working in partnership with US company Juniper Networks to build the infrastructure.
Juniper Networks Asean and Taiwan senior director Perry Sui said the new network would enable PPTel to meet the demand for high-speed Internet connectivity for Sarawak businesses.
“This move aligns closely with the enablers identified in the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2022 to digitise Sarawak.
“Success in the digital economy demands business agility alongside network reliability and security,” he said.
PPTel chief executive Jonathan Smith added that the company was building a data centre, to be powered by Juniper’s network technology, as part of the new core network.
He said the data centre would be connected to strategic locations within the region by various submarine cables, including the Batam-Sarawak Internet cable system and the South-East Asian Hainan-Hong Kong express cable.
“As such, the data centre will facilitate high-quality, low-latency connectivity for businesses and consumers in Sarawak and South-East Asia,” said Smith.
Work on the new core network started in 2020, while the first phase of the data centre would be ready in the second quarter of this year.
Smith said the data centre – Malaysia’s first with the highest Tier IV certification – would play a critical role in realising Sarawak’s digital economy strategy in the short and long term.
“As data is vital for decision making, the establishment of the data centre will ensure reliability of data storage, data protection and data availability, allowing the state’s administration and economy to operate 24/7 without the worry of interruptions.
“This will not only be the core of digital communications for the state, but also become an essential cog in regional connectivity which will spur regional and global confidence, boosting Sarawak’s development and economy,” he said.
For Sui, Juniper’s experience-first networking approach would help PPTel ensure that enterprises and consumers in Sarawak were better connected and ready to take on digitalisation.
“Through this partnership with PPTel, we hope to improve the lifestyle of the Sarawak community while also accelerating Malaysia’s digital landscape by providing a more seamless network experience,” he said.