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Telekom Malaysia's new submarine cable built to withstand earthquakes and typhoons

AvantiKumar | Aug. 22, 2012
TM said its newest international submarine cable system from Malaysia to Japan and Hong Kong will begin operations on 20 August 2012


PHOTO - Mohamad Rozaimy Abd Rahman, executive vice president of global, Telekom Malaysia (TM)


The latest international submarine cable system from Malaysia to Japan and Hong Kong is built to withstand earthquake and typhoon damage, according to Telekom Malaysia (TM). Called Cahaya Malaysia, the new system, which links Malaysia to Japan, will begin carrying Internet traffic on 20 August 2012, while its link to Hong Kong is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2013, said the Malaysian telecom.

Speaking on 16 August 2012, TM executive vice president of global, Mohamad Rozaimy Abd Rahman, said Cahaya Malaysia, which began its construction back 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.

"We are excited with the rollout of our latest submarine cable system as it marks yet another historic milestone not only to TM, but also to Malaysian telecommunications industry as Cahaya Malaysia is TM's largest investment in a single international submarine cable system to date," said Rozaimy. "This project also demonstrated TM's commitment to invest in the development of IP communications in the Asian region and to provide a faster and resilient Internet connection, hence a better surfing experience for Internet users."

He said ASE is deployed with total carrying capacity exceeding 15 terabits per second (Tbps) riding on a 40 Gbps Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) optical technology and would eventually incorporate 100 Gbps (gigabits per second) technology. The ASE cable system is a collaboration between Malaysia's TM, Japan's NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Singapore's StarHub. 

The low-latency cable, which spans more than 7,800 km, was developed to maximise reliability, withstanding earthquake and typhoon damage and cover the shortest distance to Japan, will also offer the lowest latency from Malaysia to Japan and Hong Kong, said Rozaimy.

"As the nation's leading telecommunications provider, TM is working hand-in-hand with the government in fulfilling the aspiration of Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), especially in the Communications and Content Infrastructure (CCI) area," he said. "This investment for Cahaya Malaysia falls directly under Entry Point Projects (EPP) 10 of the ETP, "Extending the Regional Network" as this cable system enables us to provide Malaysians with better regional reach and a highly dependable regional network."

The landing station of Cahaya Malaysia is located in Mersing, which also lands other major cables systems - the Asia America Gateway (AAG) and the Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 3 (SEA-ME-WE3).

A TM statement added that Cahaya Malaysia will enhance TM's reliable global network services by boosting the capacity and strengthening the company's ability to provide Malaysia with better regional reach and seamless interconnections. This cable system will provide an alternative, diverse routing within the Asia-Pacific region to avoid areas prone to seismic activities, which are hazardous to undersea cables. This cable system also has the potential to provide an alternative route as well as restoration paths to existing cable systems in the region as it is designed to provide seamless interconnection to existing trans-Pacific cable systems linking Asia Pacific to North America such as UNITY, Trans Pacific Express (TPE), Tata Global Network (TGN), PC-1 and the Japan-US Cable Network (JUSCN).

TM owns and leases capacity on more than 10 submarine cable systems, which span more than 60,000 fibre-route miles around the globe, including several submarine cable routes that the company uses to carry traffic between the Asia-Pacific region and North America.


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