EZECOM said the contracts between the three regional telecoms heavyweights involved in the project have come into force (CIF) meaning that the Malaysia Cambodia Thailand (MCT) submarine cable project can now move forward from the planning to the execution stage.
Telcotech a company fully owned by EZECOM is partnering with Symphony Communication from Thailand and Telekom Malaysia Berhad to build the regional fiber optic network.
“Now that the contracts have come in to force we are very excited to get working on constructing the cable, laying it under the Gulf of Thailand and bringing it ashore at the landing station in Sihanoukville,” said EZECOM CEO Paul Blanche-Horgan.
The intra regional submarine cable system will span approximately 1,300 km and will link Malaysia to Cambodia and Thailand with further access to Indochina countries like Laos and Myanmar via terrestrial links.
The MCT cable system is expected to be the regional catalyst in spurring new business growth opportunities not only in Cambodia but also its surrounding countries. The new cable system will assist in improving the broadband penetration rate and enhance overall customer experience in internet based applications and services.
The MCT cable system is designed to provide fully upgradable and transmission facilities by incorporating state-of-the-art 100Gbps technology and a design capacity of at least 30 Tbps. The system is expected to be ready for commercial traffic by end of 2016.
This collaboration between the three regional telcos marks an important milestone for the industry, whereby key players are able to work together to offer an enhanced customer experience and better value products, especially in the bandwidth-hungry and high-potential Indo-China market. By working together, the three parties are helping to bring the ASEAN community together in ways that will benefit internet users throughout the region.