China's Huawei Marine Networks, a global submarine networkprovider, said on Monday that it won a bid to build the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) undersea cable system.
Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Cambodia's Telcotech and Symphony Communication ofThailand are the members of the consortium.
Spanning approximately 1,300 km, the MCT cable system will provide connectivitybetween Cherating in Malaysia and Rayong in Thailand with a branching unit connectingfrom the main trunk into Sihanoukville in Cambodia, Huawei said in a statement, addingthat access to neighboring counties such as Laos and Myanmar will be achieved throughfurther connection to terrestrial based networks.
"We're honored to partner with our customers and start working on the development andconstruction of the MCT optical superhighway to deliver state-of-the-art infrastructurewhich will contribute to the economic growth and development of the Indochina region,"said Ma Yanfeng, vice president of Huawei Marine Networks.
The MCT cable system adopts the latest 100G technology with a total design capacityexceeding 30 Tbps. The system will be commissioned and ready for commercial service bythe end of 2016.
According to a statement released by Telcotech on Monday, the project, estimated to costsome 70 million U.S. dollars, will be the first time for Cambodia to be connected to theregion by a submarine cable.