TM and Tata Communications roll out ASEAN IP transit services

09 September 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Tata Communications and TM Wholesale – the global and wholesale arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad – are enhancing internet connectivity in the ASEAN region.

The collaboration will enable service providers, MNOs and ISPs in the region access to a global Tier 1 IP network, to deliver stable Tier-1 IPT service. TM will be able to serve customers in more than 190 countries and territories, enhancing its regional IX offering, TMiX.

Under the terms of the arrangement, Tata Communications will extend its IP Transit (IPT) service coverage by leveraging TM’s data centres, connectivity and network infrastructure in Malaysia. This will also enable Tata Communications to optimise TM’s reachability within the ASEAN region through terrestrial networks and submarine cables to neighbouring countries.

The high-speed connectivity will be available across the ASEAN region and opens access to global enterprises. The two said it could boost such sectors as e-commerce, online entertainment, retail, online banking and delivery services.

Amar Huzaimi Md Deris, EVP of TM Wholesale, said: “We are delighted to work with a renowned global player like Tata Communications, to fulfil our role as the digital infrastructure accelerator in Malaysia.

"This is part of our effort to enhance our internet service performance with expanded global reach for service providers in Malaysia and neighbouring countries to meet the growing IP networks requirements. This collaboration underscores our commitment to our customers for delivering world class network service, brings us one step further to achieve our aspiration as the trusted digital hub in the ASEAN region. It also signifies our commitment to support the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL) initiative towards enabling Digital Malaysia.”

Sumeet Walia (pictured), chief sales and marketing officer at Tata Communications, added: “The service provider ecosystem across the ASEAN region will benefit from our joining forces with TM and enabling access to a Tier-1 internet provider transit connectivity that provides scale and a fillip to boosting the economy. By offering high-capacity and low-latency IP transit services to and from Malaysia for both our customers, we bring forth synergies for a more robust, secure and flexible IP platform.”