In a statement today, TM said the link to Hong Kong was scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2013.
Cahaya Malaysia, which began its construction in January 2011, is TM’s wholly-owned two-fibre-pair system within the six-fibre-pair Asia Submarine Express (ASE) cable system linking Malaysia to Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore.
It said the ASE cable system was a collaboration with Japan’s NTT Communications Corp, Philippine Long-Distance Telephone Co and Singapore’s StarHub.
“The cable, which spans over 7,800km, was meticulously developed to maximise reliability, withstand earthquake and typhoon damage and cover the shortest distance to Japan.
“It will enhance TM’s reliable global network services by boosting the capacity and strengthening the company’s ability to provide Malaysia with better regional reach and seamless interconnections,” it said.
TM said this cable system will provide an alternative, diverse routing within the Asia-Pacific region to avoid areas prone to seismic activities which were hazardous to undersea cables.
Executive vice-president of Global, TM, Mohamad Rozaimy Abd Rahman, said this project demonstrated TM’s commitment to invest in the development of Internet protocol communications in Asia and to provide a faster and resilient Internet connection, hence a better surfing experience for Internet users.
“As the nation’s leading telecommunications provider, TM is working hand-in-hand with the government in fulfilling the aspiration of Economic Transformation Programme, especially in the communications and content infrastructure area,” he said.
TM owns and leases capacity on more than 10 submarine cable systems, which span more than 60,000 fibre-route miles around the globe.