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NEC to build Malaysia's first SKR1M cable system

By Azizul Rahman Ismail - on 4 Sep 2015, 10:58am

NEC to build Malaysia's first SKR1M cable system

NEC Corporation has signed a contract with Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) and TT dotCom Sdn Bhd (TTdC) to construct the Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1 Malaysia (SKR1M), an optical submarine cable system that will connect Cherating, Kota Kinabalu, Miri, Bintulu, Kuching and Mersing.

The 20-year agreement between TIME’s unit TT dotcom Sdn Bhd (TTdC) and TM will see both parties working together to undertake the cable system and both companies has pledged to operate and maintain the SKR1M network for the lifetime of the cable system including funding all fault repairs.

“We view this collaboration as a positive move in paving the way to enabling enhanced customer experience when they access high-bandwidth digital content, high definition video streaming or run real-time applications via their devices,” said Rozaimy Abd. Rahman, TM Executive Vice President, Global & Wholesale.

The new SKR1M will use a 100Gbps wavelength technology that has an initial capacity of 4 Terabits per second (Tbps), and is upgradeable to a minimum of 12.8Tbps. It'll measure approximately 3,700 kilometers in length and is expected to be completed by mid-2017. With this line in place, connectivity between Sabah and Sarawak and the Peninsular will be enhanced.

Currently, there is an existing cable system, which is managed by TM. However, TM’s aging Malaysian Domestic Submarine Cable System (MDSCS), which has been in service since 1995 has a capacity of only 400Gbps. 

“NEC is honored to be selected by TM and TTdC as the supplier of the SKR1M submarine cable system. Dating back to 1980, NEC supplied Malaysia with its first domestic coaxial submarine cable system. Since then, NEC has continuously supplied its latest submarine cable systems for 35 years. Today, we pride ourselves on adding the SKR1M to our long list of contributions to the region,” said Naoki Yoshida, General Manager, Submarine Network Division, NEC Corporation.

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