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Malaysia-Indonesia Cable System now Live

The “Batam-Dumai-Melaka” (BDM) high bandwidth optical fiber submarine cable system between Malaysia and Indonesia is now live. BDM is a result of a Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) signed between PT XL Axiata Tbk and PT Mora Telematika of Indonesia back in February.

The BDM cable system consists of 4 fiber pairs, designed to provide 1.28 Tbps adopting Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology to provide upgradable, future-proof transmission facilities. The BDM connects approximately 400 km distance between the two countries with two routes, Melaka-Batam and Melaka-Dumai. The landing station in Malaysia is provided by TM while the Indonesian landing stations is established by XL.

Besides serving these two countries, the cable system will also provide seamless interconnection with other major cable systems connecting Europe, US, Africa and other parts of Asia via Malaysia.

TM owns or leases capacity on more than 10 submarine cable systems, which span more than 60,000 fiber-route miles around the globe, including several submarine cable routes that the company uses to carry traffic between Asia-Pacific region and North American region.

Besides BDM, TM is also a member of the Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable network, South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe Cable System 3 (SEA-ME-WE3 – SMW3), SEA-ME-WE4 (SMW4), Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN2) and the latest, TM’s wholly-owned Cahaya Malaysia that will link Malaysia to Hong Kong, and Japan.

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