Consortium Set Up to Own Submarine Cable

Konsortium Rangkaian Serantau Sdn Bhd under the Entry Point Projects (EPPs), has been set up to buy international bandwidth for Internet traffic to lower the costs of Internet protocol (IP) transit,
The consortium comprises 24 members including Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM), Time Dotcom Bhd, Maxis Bhd, Celcom Axiata Bhd, DiGi.Com Bhd,U Mobile Sdn Bhd, Green Packet, YTL Communications Sdn Bhd,RedTone International Bhd, OCE, Fibrerail Sdn Bhd, Jaring, Sacofa, Sarawak Information Systems, Fibrecomm Networks (M) Sdn Bhd, and V Telecoms.

“The main objective in setting up the consortium is to lower the broadband subscription cost for users through cost savings as the subscription cost of international bandwidth capacity accounts for 40% of the total cost of providing broadband services.

StarBiz reported that the consortium may build and own an undersea cable network or partner other cable networks for capacity in a private-public partnership to address the problem of high IP transit cost.