By The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd has won a contract from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to develop and construct a new submarine cable system called Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1Malaysia (SKR1M).

TM did not reveal the value of the contract in its announcement to Bursa Malaysia.

According to the company, the proposed submarine cable system is part of the Government’s initiatives to increase the capacity of high-speed broadband, as outlined by the Prime Minister in Budget 2014 and 2015.

SKR1M, which will link Peninsular Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak, is a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement between MCMC and TM utilising the Universal Services Provision Fund (USP), which is under the purview of MCMC.

The new submarine cable system, spanning approximately 3,500km, will have an initial capacity of 4 terabit per second (Tbps).

It is expected to start carrying commercial traffic by mid 2017.

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