Photo - The members of the consortium to establish SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system pose for the album together with Datuk Che Azemi Haron, Deputy Chief Secretary II, Ministry of Communications & Multimedia (9th from left), Dato' Sri Dr. Halim Shafie, Chairman of TM (10th from left) and Datuk Bazlan Osman, Group Chief Financial Officer, TM (8th from left).
As part of a new alliance of 15 telcos, Telekom Malaysia (TM) will increase its global network capacity with the setting up of a new state-of-the-art submarine cable system -the South East Asia - Middle East - Western Europe 5 or better known as SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system, which will start to carry commercial traffic by early 2016.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Datuk Che Azemi Haron, deputy chief secretary II, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, who, said the new system, which will connect 17 countries by early 2016 through Points-of-Presence (POPs) from Singapore to the Middle East, to France and Italy in Western Europe, will allow bandwidth-intensive data and information to be delivered faster between Southeast Asia, Middle East and western Europe, and to the rest of the world.
"Today's collaboration would certainly bring enormous benefits to the nation's ICT development initiatives in line with the Government's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) for EPP10 - 'Extending the Regional Network' as well as National Key Economic Area (NKEA) for the Communications Content and Infrastructure (CCI) sector in improving communications infrastructure and the uptake of services," said Che Azemi.
"This plays a major role in making the digital lifestyle a reality for all Malaysians whereby, the Internet will easily be accessible and serves as an enabler for people living in Asia, Africa and Europe to experience the socio-benefits of an interconnected life. Interconnection has made a huge impact to the lives of people around the globe both economically and socially," he said.
The collaboration was made official with the signing of the Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) for the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system between the consortium members which consist of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), China Mobile International Limited (CMI), China Telecommunications Global Limited (CTG), China United Network Communications Group Company Limited (CU), Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, PJSC, (du), Orange (formerly France Telecom - FT), Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), Telecom Italia Sparkle (TIS), TOT Public Company Limited, Yemen International Telecommunications Co. (TeleYemen) and Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM).
Exciting prospects, better user experience
"Prospects are even more exciting with the creation of SEA-ME-WE-5 submarine cable system," said Che Azemi. "Connectivity would be further enhanced via the expansion of its capacity. Seamless connectivity while accessing the Internet will ensure end users enjoy hours of pleasurable surfing. This is in-line with the Government's initiative to develop Malaysia to become an Information Exchange. This collaboration also shows TM's commitment as Malaysia's trusted ICT partner in propelling Malaysia to become an international service provider."
TM's chairman, Dato' Sri Dr Halim, said, "As customer experience is TM's top priority, the higher bandwidth capacity brought by this cable system via using the latest state-of-the-art 24Tbps (Terabits per second) with the latest 100Gbps (Gigabits per second) wavelength technology will provide better user experience of enhanced Internet speed and quality. The resilient connectivity of SEA-ME-WE-5 will not only benefit TM, but the nation as a whole."
"The alliance sealed today also marks part of TM's initiatives in further supporting the Government's National Broadband Plan and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) that is 'Extending the Regional Network' in-line with the development of Malaysia by year 2020," said Dr Halim, adding that Malaysia will be one of the landing countries, which will serve TM's future business needs especially its organic traffic.
He said that SEA-ME-WE 5 will provide seamless connectivity with the capability of originating or terminating traffic from the Points-of-Presence (POPs) in Singapore (Equinix and Global Switch) as well as in France (Marseilles) and Italy (Palermo) whereby the terrestrial link will be also part of the SEA-ME-WE 5 system.
With a total distance spanning about 20,000 km, SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system, capable of carrying 24Tbps [Terabits per second] will provide connectivity to 17 countries in South East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and Europe namely Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, UAE, Oman, Djibouti, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, France as well as Malaysia. SEA-ME-WE 5 will also provide an alternative route to Europe for TM's IP traffic which is currently mostly dependant on the network to the USA.
TM is also a member of the various consortiums for submarine cable systems in the region, which include Asia America Gateway Cable Network (AAG), South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe Cable System 3 (SEA-ME-WE3 - SMW3), SEA-ME-WE4 (SMW4), Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN2), Batam-Rengit Cable System (BRIGHT) and Batam-Dumai-Melaka Cable System (BDM), Cahaya Malaysia, including the new Bay of Bengal (BBG) cable system. Additionally TM also invests in other cable systems such as Japan - US Cable Network (JUSCN), China - US Cable Network (CUSCN) and South Atlantic 3 / Western Africa Submarine Cable / South Africa Far East (SAT-3/WASC/SAFE).
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