Telecommunication service provider, Allo Technology Sdn Bhd (Allo) has been leading the industry in Malaysia. The team behind the company takes pride in their carrier network, the Allo Carrier Network System (ACNS).
The ACNS with a total capacity of 25.6Tbps from Singapore to Thailand with its highly advanced 600G Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology was built to link the inter-ASEAN terrestrial connectivity requirement mainly for backhaul network diversity, mobile connectivity coverage and Internet gateway. Allo’s ACNS is strategically located to connect the Indochina region from Singapore to Malaysia.
“Through the superhighway backbone, massive quantities of data are able to be transported over a great distance. This state-of-the-art technology allows us to offer better data transmission in terms of speed and quantity due to its higher capacity, while its digital nature ensures seamless route protection and data security,” says Chief Executive Officer Rodzi Ahmad.
With landing points around Peninsular Malaysia’s perimeter with two international gateway points from Thailand to Singapore, the infrastructure allows the offering of Allo Carrier Circuit (ACC) service to other carriers too.
It can also serve as a private, dedicated link connecting two or more customer’s sites within Malaysia via ACNS.
Comprising of three diverse routes of over 4,500 km on Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB)’s grid infrastructure, it is the most robust transborder terrestrial system ever built.
Featuring coherent 600G technology, Allo takes advantage of today’s state-of-the-art technology and futureproofs its network with the ability to scale to 800G capability in the future.
“What sets us apart from others in the market is that the ACNS is built by leveraging on TNB’s grid infrastructure, considering Allo’s status as its wholly-owned subsidiary.
“The ACNS project aims to create a transnational terrestrial fibre-optic backbone from the border of Thailand to major neutral data centresin Malaysia and Singapore known as Equinix and Global Switch,” he says.
The telecommunication service provider can now carry the current data load needed as it is fast and resilient with the advanced technology with new routing.
With a single connection to Allo’s network, Service Providers can support their worldwide communication needs and access the unrivalled scale and reach of Allo’s Carrier’s network.
Increasing Opportunities For Malaysian Businesses In Rural Areas
Allo’s Open-Access Network that runs through the Allo Carrier Network System provides multiple diversified routes to avoid redundancy and increased protection to ensure uninterrupted service uptime for partners and Retail Service Providers (RSPs) to ensure uninterrupted High-Speed Broadband service to the end-users.
Furthermore, through the Open Access Network, Allo is able to offer its Layer 2 network to other RSPs to bridge the digital divide between urban and suburban areas in Peninsular Malaysia.
“This means that through the shared infrastructure, we can offer High Speed Broadband up to 1Gbps speed to the people in rural areas, and they can choose their RSPs and product packages according to their needs,” says Rodzi.
He also believes that with connectivity, comes better opportunities.
“With connectivity, the end-users can grow their existing business by extending the current geographical reach to the whole country.
“If they do not have an existing business, they can now leverage on the connectivity by making full use of the social media or e-commerce platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Shopee or Lazada to market their products in order to reach their target audience and getting their sales, especially during these trying times where there a lot of uncertainties due to COVID-19 and MCO,” he tells Business Today.
Gaps In Fiber Connectivity
According to Allo, the current obstacle that the retail segment is facing right now is the limited connectivity options that are available in the market for end-users.
Due to the limited choice, they may have no option but to subscribe to lower speed plans at a higher price.
As for the wholesale segment, to lay new fibre infra is costly and time consuming, therefore, the appetite to enter a greenfield area is low, and hence they are more keen to focus in urban or infra ready areas.
“With the presence of Allo, via our Open Access concept, these obstacles can be mitigated. Infrastructure is crucial in the provision of communication services and even more in unserved or underserved areas,” he says.
He further highlights that there is a huge gap between big cities and sparsely populated areas in Malaysia, mainly because of the low population density and low demand, and it’s not economically viable to deploy fibre to these areas for most operators.
Having a fibre optic cable
s and the full set of operating system to provide full-fledged telecommunication services across the country is the only component to help bridge the current digital divide.
For the retail segment, Allo offers a Dedicated Internet Access and Private Leased Line plan, which offers a minimum of 5Mbps up to 10 Gigabit capacity based on customer preferences.
These services come with Service Level Availability at a minimum of 99.7 percent.
As for the wholesale segment, Allo’s ACNS plans starts from 10Gbps and ranges up to 100Gbps through the mesh network topology.
The Broadband Infra plan is catered more towards business collaborations like property developers or other business entities who would want to sell their own broadband services or any state-backed companies which includes pre-subscription model, Open Access, white label, and Infra Co-Investment.