Telekom Malaysia completes Cahaya Malaysia cable system

19 February 2013

Telekom Malaysia (TM) has announced that its first private international submarine cable system, Cahaya Malaysia, has officially landed at Tseung Kwan O, in Hong Kong, completing its intended route.

Cahaya Malaysia is designed to offer low latency connections from Malaysia to Japan and Hong Kong and has been carrying internet traffic between Japan and Malaysia since August 2012.

The final leg to Hong Kong was completed earlier this month and is now ready to serve connections between Malaysia and Hong Kong and Hong Kong and Japan.

"The landing of Cahaya Malaysia in Hong Kong, which forms the backbone in linking TM’s very own data centre, VADS Data Centre Hong Kong (VADS DCHK) with Malaysia and the rest of the world will further strengthen TM’s ever growing ICT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) footprint outside Malaysia. This will also enhance TM’s ability to meet the expectations and requirements of the industry as well as supporting Malaysia’s aspiration to become the regional data centre hub by 2015 via our ICT arm, VADS Berhad," said Rozaimy Rahman, EVP, carrier-to-carrier at TM.

Cahaya Malaysia is a 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.

TM said Cahaya Malaysia can reach an initial design phase of up to 10Tbps using 40Gbps coherent technology and has been designed to support 100Gbps technology support a significant increase in design capacity in the future.

The cable will also utilise existing cable systems that land in Hong Kong including the Asia America Gateway (AAG), Asia Pacific Cable Network (APCN2), East Asia Crossing City to City (EAC-C2C), South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 3 (SEA-ME-WE4), Tyco Global Network-Intra Asia (TGN-IA) to provide connecting to other Asian countries and the US.

TM owns or leases capacity on more than 10 submarine cable systems, spanning 60,000 fibre route miles.

Topics: Telekom Malaysia, Cahaya Malaysia, cable, TM, Hong Kong