Demand for data and video is fueling an increase in ﬁber optic services and has been enjoying great growth for the past decade. Only ﬁber, with its long reach, reliability, space savings, immunity to interference can deliver high quality services at even faster speeds.
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INDUSTRY OUTLOOK AND PROSPECTS
Fiber Optic Cables The market demand for ﬁber optic cables is strong and we are seeing stable demand coming from our customers. The major broadband projects which have recently been rolled out by the Malaysian government are the RM1.8 billion Highspeed Broadband Phase 2 (HSBB2) and RM1.6 billion Sub Urban Broadband (SUBB). The HSBB2 and SUBB were awarded to our customer, Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) in February 2015. The objective of these projects is to strengthen access and domestic core networks to deliver end-to-end broadband network infrastructure and services. According to Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Quarter 1, 2015 report, broadband penetration rate was 70.4% and the current penetration is still below the 75.0% target set by Highspeed Broadband Phase 2 (HSBB2)RM1.8billionthe MCMC to be attained by year 2015. On a longer term, the target for broadband penetration is 95.0% by year 2020. New networks infrastructure and expansion are to be completed to increase the national broadband penetration. This, in turn, means we will see a constant and stable demand and growth for ﬁber optic cable and solutions.
The telecommunication companies including Packet One Network Sdn Bhd, Maxis Berhad and Digi Berhad are expanding their 4G LTE (Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution) coverage which means continuous additional network infrastructure requirement and more demand for ﬁber optic cables. The emerging development of smart cities in strategic locations in Malaysia also add to more demand for ﬁber optic network infrastructure.
Filling and Flooding Gel During the ﬁnancial year, OPCOM completed an acquisition of an associated company, Unigel (UK) Limited (“Unigel”) which business is in manufacturing and supply of ﬁlling and ﬂooding gel for industrial use mainly in ﬁber optic cable production. The increasing ﬁber optic cable production globally means increasing demand for the gel, especially from developing countries in Asia. OPCOM expects its investment in Unigel to bring positive contribution to OPCOM Group results.
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"The increasing ﬁber optic cable production globally means increasing demand for the gel, especially from developing countries in Asia. OPCOM expects its investment in Unigel to bring positive contribution to OPCOM Group results."
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