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The building of a new US$140 million international submarine cable system to enhance Internet communications in the region will catapult Malaysia's broadband industry, says Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim.

He said the cable system, called Cahaya Malaysia, will enable the country to strengthen its international relations via the Internet with wider capacity and speedier broadband capacity.

"This project will bring major benefits to Malaysia and probably to its other Asian partners as well. It would provide a source of work besides being a source for knowledge as Japan has high level of achievement in the Internet and cable technology area," he told reporters following the signing an agreement in Kuala Lumpur Monday for the cable system.

Telekom Malaysia (TM) and Japan's NTT Communications (NTT Com) signed the agreement for the development of the cable system.

TM's Group Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Seri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said the submarine cable system to be developed will have six fiber pairs and they would be built at a cost of US$412 million.

TM will own two fiber pairs and NTT Com will own the remaining four fiber pairs which they plan to develop with other regional carriers to provide landing points in the Philippines and Singapore.

Rais said the Cahaya Malaysia submarine cable system will span a distance of 7,000 kilometres and link Malaysia to Hong Kong and Japan utilising dense wavelength division multiplexing technology (DWDM).

The cable will not be jeopardised by events like earthquakes as it will be directed toward safer routes, he said.

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