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Malaysia's Smart Satellite Teleport Plays Role In Tsunami Warning

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (XNA) Sep 20, 2007
Malaysia's Smart Satellite teleport has played a role in the tsunami warning recently by providing vital information to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Malaysian Smart Digital Communications Bhd president and chief executive officer Khairuddin Abdul Rahman said Monday. The information was later shared with their Indonesian counterpart as well as the Malaysian Meteorological Department, he said in Putrajaya, the administrative center of Malaysia.

According to Khairuddin, Smart has two sites for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (Aus BoM) in the Indian Ocean, Cocos-Keeling Island and Christmas Island.

"They worked perfectly fine during the earthquake in the region (last week) and provided valuable information for tsunami warning. This narrow band Telemetry and Tracking service (THISS technology) is provided from our teleport in Kuala Lumpur," the national news agency Bernama quoted Khairuddin as saying.

"Using the information from the sites with meteorological scientists viewing in real time, the Australian authorities were able to see that the tsunami effect on Western Australia would be minimal and rescinded their earlier warning to Australians," he said.

"This analysis, as well as the real time raw wave height information was also made available to Indonesia and other countries to contribute to the respective countries' warnings," he said.

Smart Digital Communications Bhd is one of the largest VSAT (very small aperture terminal) Satellite Broadband Service providers in the South East Asia region, servicing well over 2,500 sites from its satellite teleport in Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

Its service coverage includes Russia, China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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