Malaysian fixed line incumbent Telekom Malaysia™ will invest around MYR12.2 million (USD4 million) for its part of the proposed submarine cable that will link the state of Malacca with both Batam and Dumai in Indonesia, Bernama reports. The funding announcement comes after TM inked a deal with Indonesian operators XL Axiata and PT Mora Telematika to jointly build the high bandwidth fibre-optic cable, which will stretch for around 400km, and cost USD7.6 million in total. Commenting on the plans, Mohamad Rozaimy Abdul Rahman, TM Global’s executive vice-president, said: ‘The Batam-Dumai-Malacca (BDM) cable system not only offers additional international bandwidth capacity to countries in the region, it will also serve as a gateway to major Asian centres as more and more international organisations move their operations towards this region to leverage on the lower cost of operations here.’
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