KUALA LUMPUR, February 11 (Xinhua) — Malaysia’s telecommunication giant Telekom Malaysia (TM) will jointly construct a 400-kilometer submarine telecommunication cable linking Malaysia and Indonesia with its Indonesian partners.
An agreement on the joint project was signed in Kuala Lumpur on Friday between TM and its Indonesian partners, namely PT XL Axiata and PT Mora Telematika.
The cable will have two stretches with one connecting the Malacca State in the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia and Dumai, a city on the Sumatra Island of Indonesia.
The other one will connect Dumai and Batam, an island in the Riau Islands Province of Indonesia.
Named the Batam-Dumai-Malacca (BDM) Cable System, the new infrastructure consists of two fibre pairs, designed to provide 1. 28 trillion bytes per second (Tbps) adopting the Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology.
Once completed, it will also be able to provide upgradable, future-proof transmission facilities.
Rozaimy Rahman, executive vice president of TM’s subsidiary TM Global, told reporters at the signing ceremony that the project benefitted not only the consortium members, but also countries and regions connecting to each other directly serviced by the system.
He said that currently, there were two telecommunication cables connecting Indonesia and Malaysia.
The BDM Cable System would be an alternative if there was any breakdown in the existing cable systems, Rozaimy said, adding that it would help promote Malaysia as a transit hub for internet traffic.
XL Axiata is a mobile telecommunication operator, while Mora Telematika is a network and internet service provider.
Time dot com is targeting 1 thousand buildings in Kuala Lumpur to be wired up using their fiber optic technology. The speed provided is from 1-50Mbps. This is certainly great news. More players will certainly bring the price lower. Price of bandwidth and connectivity is still considered expensive. We hope the price of local bandwidth will be reduced further soon. This will benefit Malaysians in general. Many providers will certainly re locate their servers or place content delivery network server (CDN) locally. The only challenge facing local fibre optic is to get local council approval do lay down optic cables.
We hope there will be no pot holes and uneven roads like in the mid 90’s where deployment of DSL technology require digging up roads (Central <->DSLAM).
KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s high-speed broadband is expected to be deployed by the middle of next year, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum said the system is being tested at four exchanges in the Klang Valley — Bangsar, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
Telekom Malaysia, he said, has also started physical work at 22 other exchanges nationwide.
“The network access will provide highspeed broadband via 1.3 million premises in the Klang Valley, Iskandar Malaysia, and in several economic and industrial zones in Malaysia,” he said in reply to Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PKR — Machang) during question time.
“The comprehensive testing is to be completed this year and the service will come on stream by the middle of next year.”
Joseph said that apart from last-mile access, the joint venture project between the Government and Telekom Malaysia would also cover the core network and the international gateway which is currently under preparation.
“Most of the domestic core network has been installed and is being tested. As for the international gateway, the existing AmericanAsia Gateway undersea cable system is being enhanced and work is expected to be completed by year end,” he said. — Bernama
PETALING JAYA: Internet users in Malaysia may have trouble surfing websites hosted in the United States and Taiwan for the next couple of weeks due to damage to a submarine cable system.
Internet service provider TM said there would be slow connectivity after the Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN2) submarine cable system was damaged by unknown causes.
The ISP has posted an alert on its website (www.tm.com.my) informing users of this, a company spokesman said.
The damage was first discovered in July. Internet connectivity was supposed to return to normal by Aug 16.
However, TM discovered two more faults which occurred on Aug 6 and Aug 12.
The last damage was detected near Taiwan but the cause has still not been ascertained.
“Our technicians are on the job and we are waiting for confirmation on what caused the damage to the APCN2 system,” said the spokesman, adding that a full recovery of Internet services will now be delayed.
The company was also unable to confirm whether the damage was caused by Typhoon Morakot, which swept over Taiwan and caused Internet users in Singapore to experience a slowdown.
The Straits Times reported that the typhoon, which caused the worst flooding in Taiwan in 50 years, damaged the APCN2 system and made it difficult for Internet users in the island republic to connect to websites hosted in the United States and Taiwan.
The last time users here experienced a major slowdown in Internet services was when the same cable was damaged by an earthquake in December 2006.
MOMBASA (Kenya): East Africa has taken a big step toward joining the wired world with the launch of the first undersea fibreoptic cable linking Europe to one of the world’s poorest regions.
Telecoms companies Seacom and Cisco Systems said in a statement that the start of broadband services will make fast Internet cheaper and more accessible in places like Kenya.
Seacom’s Brian Herhily says the launch marks the “dawn of a new era for communications between the continent and the rest of the world.”
The 17,000km cable allows information to be sent at speeds of 1.28 terabytes per second, fast enough to stream high-definition video. It connects Djibouti, Madagascar, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania to India and Europe.
Southern and Western Africa already have broadband services.
As the West has grown used to taking streaming video and Internet phone calls for granted, Africa has remained far behind.
The Indian Ocean’s east African seabed is the only one in the world without a submarine fibreoptic cable, forcing the region to rely heavily on limited and expensive satellite links.
The International Telecommunication Union sees businesses such as the Internet cafes as leading the growth in Internet use and services in Africa. — AP
STREAMYX SERVICE INTERRUPTION NATIONWIDE
Dear Valued Customers,
We wish to inform our Streamyx customers that Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) will be performing a network upgrading exercise from 11.00 pm, Friday, 12th June 2009 until 6.00 am, Saturday, 13th June 2009.
As a result, Streamyx customers nationwide may experience a disruption of service during the stipulated period. We would like to assure you that the service would resume to normal after this period.
TM apologizes for any inconvenience caused whilst the same time, we would like to assure you that we are upgrading our network to enable us to serve you better.
Customers can call TM at 100 and select “Internet Services” or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any Streamyx related problems.
TM (Telekom Malaysia) will perform upgrade nationwide backbone to 10 Gbps on 19th and 25th May 2009. us the upgrade. Intra ISPs connection through Malaysia Internet Exchange will be improved. Earlier this month we experienced intermittent degradation of speed due to TM – MYIX reached full capacity.
Traffic between ISPs through MYIX now growing rapidly. 10 Gbps upgrade would certainly help to elevate bottlenecks during peak hours. Majority of DSL subscribers are from TM Network, so by upgrading the network traffic connection to other ISPs will be improved as well.
There will be network downtime during the upgrade. We also hope that TM would upgrade international capacity as well in line with national backbone upgrade but that is entirely different network and that will cost TM more $$$ :)
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