Time dotCom Bhd (TdC) has bagged the job to construct and maintain the Asia-Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable system which connects Malaysia to South Korea and Japan.



Its wholly-owned subsidiaries and global bandwidth business arms, Global Transit Communication Sdn Bhd and Global Transit Ltd, collectively known as Global Transit, will administer the APG on its behalf.



It has entered into a construction and maintenance agreement for the job. The APG is a 10,000km international fibre-optic cable system linking Malaysia to South Korea and Japan with seven branches to other Asian countries. It is scheduled to be ready in the third quarter of 2014.



The system is able to bridge international capacity hubs such as Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea, and connect markets such as Vietnam and China where demand for capacity is multiplying rapidly.



Global Transit CEO Saiful Husni said the group will be able to grow its business as APG will provide it with an initial capacity of about 3,400 Gbps between Malaysia, Japan and South Korea. The region is currently dependent on cable systems with limited capacity and upgrade options.



"Combining TdC's Malaysia-wide fibre network, Global Transit's regional network nodes, ownership in the trans-Pacific Unity cable, and now the APG system, the TdC group has a complete land and sea fibre network footprint to capture the high-growth bandwidth demand in Asia. 



"An advantage is that we have a global network system landing directly into Malaysia. This lowers our dependency on Singapore as the main gateway for internet traffic. We can now channel high volumes of this traffic on our network with the lowest latency, directly to the US," he said.



He added that the APG will be the most advanced intra-Asia cable system with landing points in strategic locations, making them a competitive bandwidth provider in the region as it would be able to provide the complete internet connectivity route on its own assets from Asia to the US.



Demand for bandwidth from Indochina and Southeast Asia is growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 44%, from 2,862 Gbps in 2011 to an expected 24,000 Gbps in five years.



By adopting a 40 Gbps optical transmission technology, the total design capacity of APG is at 54.8 Tera-bits per second. APG is design protected for 100 Gbps technology upgrades to meet dynamic traffic requirements in the future.