September 21, 2008

Danawa, Indonesian Firm to Study Kuching-Pontianak Fibre Optic Link

By Sulok Tawie

SARAWAK-BASED Internet service provider and ICT firm Danawa Resources Sdn Bhd has teamed up with Indonesia's PT Trans Hybrid Communications to conduct a feasibility study on the Kuching- Pontianak fibre optic link.

The study, which began two days ago, is expected to be completed in three months.

Both companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Jakarta on July 20. Danawa Resources will conduct the study and thereafter make recommendations for all parties to enter into a project development and construction arrangement. Parties involved comprise the state-owned telecommunication company Sacofa Sdn Bhd, Danawa and Trans Hybrid.

"This collaboration aims to position this future cable system between Kuching and Pontianak as one of the telecommunication projects in the region that would actively promote economic growth and cooperation in BIMP-EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysian, the Philippines-East Asia Growth Areas)," Danawa chairman Datuk Hamed Sepawie told reporters in Kuching last Friday.

The laying of the 100km long fibre optic cable is scheduled to be completed within a year.

"The MOU will promote the creation of the crucial link between Kuching and Pontianak, thus connecting the Malaysian territory to the Indonesian territory in Borneo and onwards to Brunei," he said.

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