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MSAR Selects Ciena to Bring Unmatched Connectivity Speeds and Capacity across Malaysia
June 17, 2022 News


MSA Resources Sdn Bhd (MSAR), a telecommunications infrastructure provider based in Peninsular Malaysia, has selected Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) to help build its Digital Super Highway Network. MSAR will leverage Ciena’s 6500, WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) coherent optics and Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller to reach data transmission speeds of 800Gb/s line rate and total network capacity of 33.6Tb/s per fibre pair.

With more than two decades of experience in the telecommunications sector in Malaysia, MSAR is building the foundation upon which upcoming technologies such as 5G can be implemented, including connecting key data centres, submarine cable landing stations and international borders through its fibre optic networks. To meet the goals of global hyperscalers for faster speeds, better reachability and increasing need for data capacity, MSAR is teaming up with Ciena to capitalise on its new fibre network to increase efficiencies and create a super resilient and scalable network.

“Ciena’s coherent optical technology will bring unparalleled capacity, enabling the fastest transfer of data across the network. The Digital Super Highway Network will serve as a platform for the adoption of future technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), smart highways, 5G and more,” said Saiful Husni Samak, Managing Director at MSAR. “We are very confident in our ability to address the needs of global hyperscalers, when our network can easily scale up to 800 Gbps and beyond with Ciena’s technology. We are set to deliver high-quality services to cater to the growing demand, not just in Malaysia but also regionally. This game-changing offering will also be attractive to over-the-top players and international carriers.”

Together with CommVerge Solutions, a leading technology and business solutions integrator, MSAR is set to deploy Ciena’s WL5e programmable 800G transponder platform, enabling the speedy transfer of large amounts of data over a resilient and software configurable network. WL5e provides a step-function improvement in network performance and economic benefits, doubling wavelength capacity and halving space or power requirements compared to previous technology generations, enabling MSAR to deliver best-in-class connectivity in a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly manner. Ciena’s MCP domain controller can also provide MSAR with analytical insights to optimise network performance, automatically enhancing the digital experience for consumers at any time, even during peak periods.

“The ability to power record-breaking capacities across long distances will help MSAR rapidly increase the reach of its network to more users and differentiate its service offerings,” said Dion Leung, Regional Managing Director at Ciena ASEAN. “We are creating a more robust and adaptive network that helps MSAR to unleash the limitless potential of digital connectivity in Malaysia.”