Tata Communications, TM to Collaborate on ASEAN IP Transit Services

October 2021

Indian telco giant, Tata Communications has agreed to work with Telekom Malaysia (TM) to utilize its data center, connection, and network infrastructure to expand the IP transit (IPT) service coverage in Malaysia and beyond. TM through its global and wholesale subsidiary TM Wholesale will partner with Tata Communications to deliver stable, high-speed, and reliable connections in the ASEAN region.

The partnership foresees the Malaysian national connectivity and digital infrastructure provider expanding its footprint in neighboring nations via the terrestrial networks and undersea cables. The Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand undersea cable provides access to Indochina, while the Nusantara Gateway underwater cable provides connectivity to Indonesia.

TM will be able to serve consumers in more than 190 countries and territories thanks to Tata Communications’ worldwide Tier-1 IP network, which will expand the telco’s IP transit coverage and improve its regional TMiX offering.  Executive Vice President of TM Wholesale Amar Huzaimi Md Deris said that the partnership can help to fulfill their role as the digital infrastructure accelerator in Malaysia, as part of the effort to enhance internet service performance with expanded global reach for service providers in Malaysia and neighboring countries to meet the growing IP networks requirements.  This effort thus underscores TM’s commitment to the local customers for delivering world-class network service and to achieve its aspiration as the trusted digital hub in the ASEAN region, in line with Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL) initiative.

Tata Communications Chief Sales And Marketing Officer Sumeet Walia stated that the company’s decision to join forces with TM will assist the ASEAN service provider ecosystem by providing greater access to Tier-1 internet provider transit connections. More customers are expected to benefit from the synergies for a more resilient, secure, and adaptable IP platform by delivering high-capacity and low-latency IP transit services to and from Malaysia.

In February 2021, Telekom Malaysia, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, and Google Cloud were given conditional approval to develop and operate hyperscale data centers and cloud services in Malaysia, as part of the government’s MyDIGITAL initiative to encourage digital adoption. The cloud service providers (CSP) are anticipated to invest between MYR 12 and 15 billion (USD 3-3.7 billion) during the next five years.

(Sources: Tata Communications; TM; The Edge Markets)

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