Telekom Malaysia launches subsea cable

Dylan Bushell-Embling
11 Nov 2013
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Telekom Malaysia has announced a trio of initiatives aimed at bolstering its international connectivity capabilities, including the launch of a new cable between Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan.

At an event late last week, the operator formally launched the Cahaya Malaysia, a 7,800km subsea cable system.

The cable is Telekom Malaysia's wholly-owned component of the Asia Submarine Cable Express (ASE), which launched in August 2012 and links the three nations with Singapore, the Philippines and Hong Kong. The ASE was jointly built by NTT Com, PLDT, Telekom Malaysia and StarHub.

Telekom Malaysia also announced the launch of the Iskandar International Gateway. The new facility has been integrated with the operator's cable landing stations to serve as a neutral communications services exchange.

Finally, the My1Hub initiative aims to provide a neutral hub for connectivity between Malaysia and the rest of the world through cable systems including the Cahaya Malaysia.

At the launch, Malaysian communications minister YB Dato' Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the My1Hub initiative will help the nation fulfil its goal of becoming an information exchange. “Malaysia will be well positioned as a world class data center in the Asia Pacific region,” he said.

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