Digi, TM GLOBAL Collaborate to Provide More Connectivity Options
Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) and TM GLOBAL, the Global and Wholesale arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) formalised a collaboration to improve the internet reachability nationwide. This deal signifies the ongoing commitment to support the Government’s National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP).
Under this collaboration, TM GLOBAL and Digi will leverage each other’s core expertise and capabilities for the benefit of Malaysians through three (3) major business arrangements.
Dato’ Noor Kamarul said, “We are excited to be working together with Digi as our strategic partner towards driving more high quality and affordable connectivity, in line with our higher purpose to connect all Malaysians. TM, as the enabler of Digital Malaysia with our solid network infrastructure and digital solutions is ready to propel the nation into Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0)”
One of the business arrangements consists of the utilisation of Sistem Kabel Rakyat Malaysia (SKRM), the inter-region submarine cable system that was jointly developed under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) collaboration between TM and MCMC. The cable system uses 100Gbps technology at an initial capacity of 4 Terabit per second (Tbps) and upgradeable to a minimum of 12.8Tbps. Via SKRM, TM GLOBAL will facilitate Digi’s high capacity transmission requirements making Digi the anchor service provider for this cable system to East Malaysia.
Digi will also optimise the use of more than 7,000 TM hotspots nationwide providing WiFi connectivity to the public, complementing users’ needs for internet access on the move. This initiative capitalises on the use of existing assets and network infrastructure, portraying the synergy between fixed and mobile operators in delivering cost-effective, alternative wireless solutions for the nation. In addition to benefiting end-users, the synergy may trigger more local players to produce content for these users.
Such collaboration between two key industry players is in line with the Government’s call for greater industry cooperation. Leveraging existing infrastructure allows service providers to avoid unnecessary duplication of network infrastructure and instead, focus on rolling out in areas where it matters, and improving access and customer experiences in these areas. This will ultimately benefit both consumers and businesses by enriching Malaysians with world-class, superfast connectivity, further improving broadband penetration throughout Malaysia.