In the additional remark following last night revelation of cable faults within the Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN 2), TM stated that the APCN 2’s consortium is still investigating the cause behind the faults which can only be confirmed once the repair ships arrive at the affected locations.
Hence, the consortium which includes TM as one of its members, is not able to determine the specific full restoration date for the submarine cable network at the moment. However, it is already working to obtain additional capacity for its network by 20 April to replace the gap in resources caused by the incident although TM didn’t mentioned from where the company will obtained these additional resources.
Despite that, TM has maintained that its network connectivity throughout the world is vast and diverse enough to handle the increase of demand from consumers. The same also applies to its core network, fibre optic infrastructure, and backhaul capacity, according to the company.
On top of that, TM has also stated that it experienced only 5% increment when it comes to the traffic within its international link during MCO even though the total usage trends by users has increased at the rate of more than 30%.
The company pointed out that that only 20% of Malaysia’s internet traffic goes into the international link as TM has partnered with various tech and social network companies to localize Internet content, which we believe is a reference to the peering technique. Most of its international traffic apparently involved usages such as streaming, online games, and tele-conference.
Interesting statistics but ultimately, we hope that TM and other companies that involved in maintaining Malaysia’s Internet infrastructure are able to swiftly solve any challenges that threaten the stability of our Internet connectivity. Especially now that the Movement Control Order period has been extended for another two week.
(APCN 2 map provided by TeleGeography Submarine Cable Map.)