MCT cable system to be in service by Q1 2017

20 December 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


The 1,300km Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) subsea cable system, which will have an initial capacity of 1.5Tbps, is expected to be completed and in service by Q1 2017.

Telekom Malaysia (TM) says the commencement of cable laying works in Cherating, Pahang, has reached the vital implementation stage and MCT is set to become Cambodia’s first ever cable system. It will allow an open access for Cambodia’s licensed operators in each of the participating countries.

This leads to greater economic efficiency and reduced tariffs for those in the region, making the submarine cable system ASEAN’s latest business catalyst. It also represents another major step towards enhancing ASEAN connectivity with the lowest round-trip delay and total diversity access with end-to-end cost and price control.

The MCT system will be utilising the latest dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) 100Gbps technology with an initial capacity of 1.5Tbps and could be upgraded to support a maximum of 30Tbps.

The cable system consists of three fibre pairs which will link all three countries at their respective cable landing stations at Cherating, Malaysia, Rayong, Thailand, and Sihanoukville in Cambodia.

In September, Telekom Malaysia announced that it was planning to spend $390 million on its 4G mobile operation, which it launched in August under the name Webe. Earlier this year, TM signed a strategic partnership agreement with Hurricane Electric aimed at accelerating their goal of delivering high-speed internet broadband services to Asia’s emerging markets.