JLand, MSAR To Leverage 1063KM Digital Superhighway Network For Expansion Of Dark Fibre Connectivity in Johor

JLand Group (JLG), Johor Corporation’s real estate and infrastructure arm, has signed a MoU with MSA Resources Sdn Bhd (MSAR), a telecommunications infrastructure provider to deploy Sedenak Tech Park’s (STeP) direct connection to the Digital Superhighway Network.

The scope of partnership includes Data Centre Interconnect (DCI) connectivity within and beyond STeP. Presently available for connection with Singapore data centres, the network uses dual access via the Causeway and the Tuas Second Link. 

The fibre connectivity which is projected to be ready by Q4 2023 will extend from Johor to the Northern and Southern borders of Peninsular Malaysia.

This installation of the local line is set to provide value-added, carrier-neutral routes as well as enhanced data transmission nationwide, covering major hyperscale data centres.

Through this collaboration, both parties aim to strengthen STeP’s position as the regional data centre hub in Southeast Asia.  MSAR’s objective as part of this MoU is to enable STeP’s connectivity with neighbouring countries and beyond via upcoming subsea cable systems which will reach terrestrial networks in Johor. 

The Digital Superhighway Network is in line with the National Digital Network plan (JENDELA), having the capability for data transmission speeds of up to 800Gbps and higher, as well as a total network capacity of 33.6Tbs per fibre pair. 

From this, cities and rural areas throughout Peninsular Malaysia will have access to 4,400 Points of Interconnect (POI) that will enable high broadband coverage. Phase 1 of the project involves installation of fibres from Bukit Kayu Hitam to Johor Bahru.

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