According to Indonesian news agency Antara, Sarawak-based PP Telecommunication Sdn. Bhd. (PPTel) has completed the construction of the BaSIC Cable System, which began operating on June 1, 2022. PPTel has implemented the BaSIC Cable System in a partnership with Indonesian operator XL Axiata which acts as the landing partner for its landing in Batam.
The BaSICS Cable System (Batam Sarawak Internet Cable System) connects Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia) and Batam (Indonesia), consists of 6 fiber pairs for a total system capacity of 48Tbps. The BaSICS cable system is privately developed by PPTel with XL Xiata as its landing partner in Batam, and supplied by a Chinese manufacturer FiberHome.
The BaSICS Cable System lands at PPTel's Santubong Cable Landing Station (CLS) in in Kuching, Sarawak. The Santubong CLS is co-located with PPTel's Tier-IV data center, PPTEL DC @Santubong 1. PPTel also hosts the Sarawak International Internet Gateway (SIIG) at the PPTEL DC @Santubong 1.
The BaSICS cable system forms the shortest latency route from Sarawak to Singapore, less than 9ms between PPTEL DC @Santubong 1 and Equinix Singapore SG3.
In addition to the BaSICS Cable System, PPTel has participated in the SEA-H2X consortium, to build the South-East Asia Hainan-Hongkong Express Cable System (SEA-H2X) connecting Hong Kong SAR China, Hainan China, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia (Sawarak) and Singapore. The SEA-H2X cable system will land at PPTel's Santubong Cable Landing Station.