More plans for Cahaya Malaysia submarine cable system

IN OPERATION: Menara TM. TM international submarine cable system, named Cahaya Malaysia, has started ferrying Internet traffic between Malaysia and Japan.

PETALING JAYA: Telekom Malaysia Bhd’s new international submarine cable system, named Cahaya Malaysia, has started ferrying Internet traffic between Malaysia and Japan.

Work is also being carried out to prepare it to ferry Internet traffic between Malaysia and Hong Kong by the first quarter of next year.

Cahaya Malaysia — work on its construction began in January 2011 — is TM’s wholly owned two-fibre-pair system within the six-fibre-pair Asia Submarine cable Express (ASE) system linking Malaysia to Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore.

ASE is deployed with a total carrying capacity exceeding 15 terabits per second (Tbps) riding on a 40Gbps (gigabits) Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing optical technology that will eventually incorporate 100Gbps capability.

The project is a collaboration involving TM, Japan’s NTT Communications Corporation, the Philippines’ Long Distance Telephone Company and Singapore’s StarHub.

TM invested more than US$100mil (RM300mil) in Cahaya Malaysia and according to TM’s executive vice-president of global operations Mohamad Rozaimy Abd Rahman is TM’s largest investment in a single international submarine cable system to date.

“This project demonstrates TM’s commitment to investing in the development of Internet Protocol communications in the Asian region, and to provide a faster and more resilient Internet connection,” Rozaimy said.

He added that the investment for Cahaya Malaysia falls directly under Entry Point Projects 10 of Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme.

The low-latency cable, which spans more than 7,800km, was developed to maximise reliability, withstand earthquake and typhoon damage, and covers the shortest distance to Japan.

Cahaya Malaysia will enhance TM’s global network services by boosting the capacity, and strengthen the company’s ability to provide Malaysia with improved regional reach and seamless interconnections.

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