Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd. announced today that it has won the bidding for the BDM (Batam-Dumai-Melaka) submarine cable project and will provide the end-to-end turnkey submarine system solution.
The BDM project will complete a cable system between Melaka, Malaysia and Dumai & Batam, Indonesia by Q4 of 2011. The completion of this new system will bring the leading submarine telecommunication technologies to Malaysia and Indonesia, providing exceptional bandwidth improvement for these two countries, and satisfying their soaring demand for international communications.
The BDM system will cross the Straits of Malacca, an area of extraordinarily busy shipping lanes and strong tidal currents. This area is predominantly shallow water with a maximum depth of only 60 meters. The cable route will have 8 pipeline and sea-cable crossings in a relatively short distance. Huawei Marine will carry out the installation in this busy and complex environment, showcasing its delivery and installation capabilities.
Telekom Malaysia (TM) is the leading integrated information and communications service provider in Malaysia, which makes it an ideal data-centric provider in Southeast Asia. PT XL Axiata TBK (XL) is the fastest growing telecommunication operator in Indonesia, with 40.4 million subscribers and 22,191 BTS (2G/3G) as of the end of 2010. Finally, PT Mora Telematika Indonesia is one of the largest telecom infrastructure providers in Indonesia. In order to strengthen the communication and information sharing between Malaysia and Indonesia to meet people's needs for daily communication, these three operators are working together to build this system, which will bring a new era for information sharing and transfer to the people in Malaysia and Indonesia, as both nations are developing rapidly to become contemporary citizens of the world.
"It is a great honor for Huawei Marine to be awarded the contract to build this system," Huawei Marine CFO Mr. Zhou Jin said. "With the most advanced transmission technology and the support from our parent, Global Marine Systems Limited, the industry-leading company in marine installation, we believe that this system will bring solid, high-capacity data communications to Malaysia and Indonesia in 2011."