Thursday, November 7, 2013

Telekom Malaysia Activates Undersea Cable to Hong Kong and Japan

Telekom Malaysia (TM) has activated "Cahaya Malaysia", an undersea cable networkin between Malaysia–Hong Kong and Hong Kong–Japan.

The cable initially supports 40 Gbps digital coherent optical transmissions technology and is designed for upgrade to 100 Gbps and a full capacity of up to 10 Tbps. Cahaya Malaysia was built in collaboration with Japan's NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Singapore's StarHub.

Telecom Malaysia is also launching an initiative called "My1Hub" that provides a neutral one-stop hub enabling seamless and reliable connectivity from Malaysia to the rest of the world via its submarine cable investments. In terms of the infrastructure, TM said its My1Hub nodes are pre-wired domestically to the cable landing stations at a very high capacity bandwidth. Customers residing at any My1Hub nodes will be able to link to all submarine cable systems which TM are connected to via four (4) cable landing stations namely Cherating in Terengganu, Mersing in Johor, Kuala Muda in Kedah and Pengkalan Balak in Melaka.

At the same event, TM also launched the Iskandar International Gateway (IIGW), its latest investment in Iskandar Malaysia, that provides a neutral hub catering to various information exchange needs.

Speaking at the launch, YB Dato' Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Malaysia's Minister of Communications and Multimedia said; "Today's launch of My1Hub, the Iskandar International Gateway and the Cahaya Malaysia submarine cable system, mark another important milestone for the nation's ICT development, in line with our Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs), especially in the Communications Content and Infrastructure (CCI) sector, as well as the recently announced Budget 2014. With My1Hub, Malaysia will be well positioned as a World Class Data Centre in the Asia Pacific Region. I am particularly excited that with My1Hub, the level of telecommunications efficiency in the country will be elevated and that this in turn will further enable Malaysia to become an Information Exchange."