Continued… Part II – Telekom Malaysia Response

Yesterday, I appended a news clipping from Business Times Singapore (26-Nov-2009) entitled “Investors put off by Malaysia’s high cost, low speed broadband“ where one major reason being the monopoly which state-owned Telekom Malaysia (TM) holds on submarine cable landing rights.

As expected, TM did response to the allegation and below is the excerpt of the News Release as posted on its website:

Under Malaysia’s regulatory framework, holders of Network Facilities Provider (NFP) license can build their own network and cable landing stations should they choose to invest in the facility. …. On our part, as a result of our business decision to invest in submarine cables either on our own or most often (95% of the time) as part of a consortium, TM today has 5 cable landing stations and multiple border gateways, its own private cable to Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei as well as a direct link with Africa through South Africa Far East Cable System (SAFE) / South Atlantic Cable System 3 (SAT 3). TM also provides major transit link for carriers using their wholly-owned capacity across east and west through our cable landing stations and IP transit and bandwidth links for Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, and major countries in Indochina.

Clearly, it is a level playing field for all operators and the notion of protectionism certainly does not exist. In compliance with the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, TM provides open access to all of our cable landing stations to the other operators in Malaysia. In fact, for the last few years, all of our mobile carriers have activated their wholly-owned capacity and some actually use their own domestic backhaul. Apart from Malaysian mobile carriers, Thai carriers have also been TM’s customers for many years where we provide
them IP transit. We have made it public knowledge that we are open for private submarine cable systems to land in our landing stations e.g. FLAG belonging to Reliance Group of India and Dumai-Melaka Cable System (DMCS) which is wholly-owned by PT Telkom of Indonesia.

>> Follow the following link to download free full TM’s News Release above:

(File Name: News – TM – CLARIFICATION – INVESTORS PUT OFF BY MALAYSIA HIGH COST, LOW SPEED BROADBAND 26 NOV 2009.pdf)

As seen above, TM’s response emphasized on these hot tags – cable landing station, cable landing rights, submarine cable system/network, multiple border gateway, IP transit, open access and last but not least domestic backhaul. No worries, we will explore as much as possible and tomorrow we will start the familiarization stage on this hot topic. Bear with me please….. 🙂

To be continued… Part III – Sub-Cable Network Familiarization (History)

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