Huawei Marine has signed a system design and construction agreement with a consortium comprising Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Symphony Communication and Telcotech to build the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) submarine cable system.
Spanning approximately 1,300 km, the MCT cable system will provide connectivity between Cherating in Malaysia and Rayong in Thailand with a branching unit connecting from the main trunk into Sihanoukville in Cambodia. Access to neighbouring counties such as Laos and Myanmar will be achieved through further connection to terrestrial based networks. The MCT cable system adopts the 100G technology with a total design capacity exceeding 30 Tbps. The system will be commissioned and ready for commercial service by the end of 2016.
The signing event was witnessed by Prak Sokhonn, the Cambodian Minister of Post and Telecommunications, senior Cambodia government officials and other distinguished guests. It marks a milestone for Cambodia, which will benefit from its first landing of a large capacity, high-speed submarine cable system.
Huawei Marine will deploy its innovative optical amplifier that supports up to 6 fiber pairs and utilizes a slim-line titanium housing to greatly reduce the operational costs associated with system deployment by allowing for simultaneous lay and burial beneath the seabed.
According to Huawei Marine, this new cable system will provide Cambodia and its surrounding countries with significantly increased international bandwidth, which will enhance data intensive internet-based applications and the end user experience for both individuals and businesses alike.
Ma Yanfeng, Vice President, Huawei Marine, said: “We’re honored to partner with our customers and start working on the development and construction of the MCT optical superhighway to deliver state-of-the-art infrastructure which will contribute to the economic growth and development of the Indochina region.”