KOTA KINABALU – The 1Malaysia People’s Cable System (SKR1M), the 3,800-km submarine fibre optic cable linking Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, is capable of providing 4Tbps broadband capacity.
Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said the capacity was much bigger compared to the existing 600-700 gigabyte/second generated through the domestic submarine cable developed since 25 years ago.
“Once fully completed, the SKR1M system capacity can also be upgraded in stages up to 12Tbps depending on demand,” he said at the symbolic opening of the SKR1M cable landing here today.
Jailani said SKR1M not only provided high speed broadband services but would offer communication and information technology services that were more competitive.
The SKR1M project, built using a combination of Japanese and local expertise, was implemented under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) initiative that targeted 95 per cent of the populated areas in Malaysia with internet access by 2020.
The RM619-million SKR1M project, with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) contributing RM412 million and Telekom Malaysia another RM207 million, is a joint venture between the federal government through MCMC and Telekom Malaysia Berhad.
The project was first implemented in 2015 and expected to be fully ready by June next year.
Jailani said the SKR1M system made up five submarine cable connecting segments, namely S1 that connects Mersing, Johor and Kuching, Sarawak, S2 (Kuching to Bintulu, Sarawak), S3 (Bintulu to Miri,Sarawak), S4 (Miri to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah) and S5 (Kota Kinabalu to Cherating, Pahang).
Also present were Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Radin Malleh, Telekom Malaysia Berhad chairman Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Mahbob, MCMC’s digital ecosystem and communications chief Datuk Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus. – BERNAMA