CTS Partners with Huawei to Build All-Optical Network in Malaysia


CTS (Celcom Timur (Sabah) Sdn Bhd) had selected Huawei as partner to build its All-Optical network in Malaysia. Huawei also announced the news of this collaboration with CTS to build a next-generation integrated service transport network.

The All-Optical network will connect more than 40 important service nodes. CTS optical network once finished will provide its customers with massive-connection points in Malaysia with low-latency and high-reliability transmission. An all-optical high-speed interconnection will promote intelligent network upgrade that will help CTS to address the mid- and long-term challenges posed by rapid digitalization and the service demand developments raised from the cloud users.

CTS is the largest network bandwidth vendor in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. CTS provides network resources for Malaysian telecom operators. With the developments in the ICT sector in Malaysia. CTS needs to provide multi-service transport supporting 5G, FTTH, and enterprise private lines.

The wavelength resource utilization of the existing WDM network of CTS has exceeded 75%, and old devices occupy a large amount of basic resources. The current network suffers from high investment and low O&M efficiency. CTS realizes that the existing network alone cannot meet the requirements of long-term service expansion. A new integrated transport concept based on All-Optical network is essential to support future service development.

Huawei’s Role

Huawei provides a cutting-edge optical networking solution, maximally enabling simplified sites and architecture, and focusing on improvement of service experience and operation efficiency.

Huawei’s new-generation WDM product (OptiX OSN 9800 M24), which provides ultra-large capacity, high integration, and optical-electrical convergence on a huge scale. The product uses innovative magnetic positioning technology to support slot division. It is small in size and low in power consumption that will help reduce the initial network construction cost by 20%.

Based on the optical-electrical integrated design and multiple functions such as MS-OTN, Ponder, and Optical, the product supports 2M-400GE full-granularity service access and simplifies device transmission, which will result in the reduction of the equipment room space by 30% leading to saving in civil construction cost.

Levaraging the advantages of all-optical high-speed interconnection, a flattened and simplified architecture is built to provide one-hop transmission and optimal latency, to ensure user experience of transmitted services. Using the digital optical layer technology, the solution can detect fiber quality, service performance, and resource utilization in real time, helping effectively improve network operation efficiency.

Comments from Top Officials of CTS and Huawei

Chief Technical Officer of CTS, Mr. Yusri Ab Rahman:

“Providing high-quality network services for operators is a core part of CTS’ service development strategy. CTS is undergoing a comprehensive digital transformation. By collaborating with Huawei, CTS is committed to building a high-bandwidth, low-latency, highly efficient, and intelligent integrated service transport network, better matching the objectives of rapid service development and intelligent upgrade, and providing optimal network experience for users.”

President of Huawei Transmission & Access Product Line, Mr. Richard Jin:

“The new integrated service transport network jointly constructed with CTS is an important achievement of our innovative collaboration. Huawei will continue to strengthen collaboration with CTS in all communications fields to help their business success. At the same time, Huawei will maintain its strategic investments and innovations in high-speed optical transport and provide high-quality, reliable, sustainable, and evolvable solutions for customers worldwide.”

In Malaysia, the incumbent telecommunication service provider, Telecom Malaysia (TM) has built a nation-wide fiber optic network connecting almost all corners of the country. The HSBB project carried out in phases has improved Malaysia’s access network, which is now serving to deliver high-speed broadband services to the subscribers.

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