TM has pledged to accelerate its fibre deployment in the state of Sabah. To this end, the company says that it is aiming to achieve 58% fibre coverage in the state by 2025, connecting a minimum of 145000 premises in the next three years.
This is in addition to the 282000 premises already connected in Sabah, as well as the rollout of 59 fibre connectivity sites at schools in the state which serve as Points of Presence (POPs). All this involves 32000km of fibre optic cables throughout the state. On a related note, the company has over 600000km of fibre optic cables deployed throughout the country, with more to be added as part of the implementation of JENDELA.
This target was shared between the company’s delegation, led by group CEO Imri Mokhtar, and Sabah Chief Minister Hajiji Noor. Also shared was the installation of TM internet exchange (TMiX) nodes in Kota Kinabalu and Penampang, with more nodes in Inanam, Kinarut, Menggatal and Putatan that are expected to be ready by December 2022. These will increase download speeds of content, as well as reduce latency, as part of various initiatives to improve the browsing experience of customers in the state.
TM is also looking to enable content localisation in Penampang by Q1 of 2023. This will allow OTT service providers to place content servers in the district, establish a Content Delivery Network (CDN) node, and implement an International Gateway (IGW).
Just last month, TM carried out a nationwide network upgrade. At the time, the company said that this was being done to ensure the company’s network is faster and more stable. Though no details were shared about what this process entails. All the ISP has told customers was that they would be notified via SMS if their area would be affected beforehand, as well as reiterating its 24-hour service restoration guarantee.