NEC Corporation has announced the completion of the Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1Malaysia (SKR1M) 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) submarine cable linking Peninsular Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak.
SKR1M was established through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) collaboration between Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) and the Malaysian Government through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). TT dotCom Sdn Bhd (TTdC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of TIME dotCom Berhad (TIME) also funded and owns a portion of this submarine cable.
SKR1M was built with the objective of enhancing the existing domestic submarine cable connectivity between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, thus catering for future bandwidth growth requirements. The new submarine cable system spans over 3,800 kilometres and lands at six landings: Kuantan, Mersing, Kuching, Bintulu, Miri, and Kota Kinabalu. It is upgradable to 12.8 terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity.
Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Mohd Salleh Tun Said Keruak, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia said, "This new submarine cable system is part of the Government's initiatives via MCMC to increase the capacity of high-speed broadband and data traffic between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak. This is among the measures which the Government is undertaking to improve the socio-economic status of people in Sabah and Sarawak through ICT adoption and broadband connectivity."