Telekom Malaysia and NEC land undersea cable in Malaysia

Telekom Malaysia and NEC have completed the landing of the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system at Melaka, Malaysia.

Upon completion in 2016, the 20,000km cable system will connect 17 countries in southeast Asia, Middle East and western Europe. The system is said to utilise 100G transmission technology and provide a design capacity of 24Tbps. The route is said to address demand for capacity across the three regions

"The telecommunications landscape and needs in Malaysia are fast evolving and we are delighted to be able to support this development together with SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium members. The installation of this new cable system presents greater opportunities to empower the Malaysian people through an enhanced connectivity with South East Asia, the Middle East and Europe," said Rozaimy Rahman, executive vice president of Global & Wholesale at Telekom Malaysia. 

NEC is responsible for the construction of the eastern links from Singapore to Sri Lanka, as well as the Malaysia branch. The cable’s consortium members include China Unicom, China Mobile, cChina Telecom, Singtel, Orange and Telecom Italia Sparkle.