Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand cable system at vital implementation stage

  • MCT adopts the latest 100 Gbps technology
  • Cable laying works expected to be completed and in service by the first quarter of 2017


Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand cable system at vital implementation stage


TELEKOM Malaysia Bhd (TM) on Dec 13 announced another important milestone for the development of Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) submarine cable system with the commencement of cable laying works in Cherating, Pahang.

The cable laying works from Malaysia to Cambodia and Thailand, spanning 1,300 kilometres is expected to be completed and in service by the first quarter of 2017.

The establishment of this new submarine cable system represents another major step towards enhancing the Asean connectivity with the lowest round-trip delay and total diversity access with end-to-end cost and price control.

MCT submarine cable system will be utilising the latest Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) 100Gbps technology with an initial capacity of 1.5Tbps and could be upgraded to support a maximum of 30Tbps.

The cable system consists of three fibre pairs which will link all three countries at their respective cable landing stations, namely Cherating in Malaysia, Rayong in Thailand and Sihanoukville in Cambodia.

MCT submarine cable system also marks a significant milestone for Cambodia as it will be Cambodia’s first ever cable system. It will allow an open access for Cambodia’s licensed operators in each of the participating countries.

This leads to greater economic efficiency and reduced tariffs for those in the region, making the submarine cable system Asean’s latest business catalyst.

TM had signed an agreement in May 2015 (pic above) with Symphony Communication of Thailand and Telcotech of Cambodia to form a consortium to build a Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) submarine cable system.

TM is a experienced investor in the domestic, regional and global submarine cable development and investments. With more than 20 submarine cable systems owned and leased spanning more than 200,000 fibre-route miles around the globe, TM provides connectivity via several routes across the Asia-Pacific and the North American regions.

Leveraging on its global connectivity, network infrastructure and collective expertise, TM also operates 24 strategic international Points-of-Presence (PoP) located across 16 countries worldwide.
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