New M’sia-Indonesia cable system in the works

KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has sealed a construction and maintenance agreement with PT XL Axiata TBK and PT Mora Telematika of Indonesia to jointly build a high bandwidth fibre optic submarine cable system between Malaysia and Indonesia.

The new Batam-Dumai-Melaka (BDM) Cable System will connect approximately 400km distance between the two countries with two routes, Melaka-Batam and Melaka-Dumai.

The landing station in Malaysia will be provided by TM while the Indonesian landing stations will be established by PT XL Axiata TBK.

The BDM consists of two fibre pairs designed to carry up to 1.8Tbps of Internet traffic volume. It is also designed using dense wavelength division multiplexing technology to provide upgradable, future-proof transmission facilities.

The BDM cable system is expected to be ready to carry commercial traffic by the fourth quarter of 2011.

According to Mohamad Rozaimy Abdul Rahman, executive vice-president of TM Global, the addition of the BDM will increase data redundancy in case other undersea cables in region suffer malfunctions.

“Disasters like earthquakes happen in our region a lot and it can damage the submarine cables. The BDM will help with redundancy which means we will have more cables to divert Internet traffic to when a disaster occurs,” he said at an event to mark agreement signing ceremony last Friday.

Rozaimy said the beneficiaries of the BDM are not only confined to the consortium members, but will also benefit countries and regions that connect to others directly serviced by the BDM.

“This means excellent interconnections will also be provided to other existing submarine cable systems covering Asia Pacific, Europe, the United States and even the African continent seeing that many more international carriers are aiming to collaborate to build new cables with Indonesia,” he said.

The total cost of the project is US$7.6mil (RM24.3mil) out of which US$4mil (RM12.8mil) is TM’s portion.

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