Telkom Indonesia and Alcatel-Lucent on Wednesday (10/07/2013), has signed a partnership agreement for the development of a new fiber optic network infrastructure that connects underwater island of Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua in the eastern Indonesian archipelago.
Network that reaches more than 3,000 km is expected to connect the island of Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua in eastern archipelago and open new opportunities for improving regional competitiveness and economic and social development.
“The new submarine cable network will provide a significant contribution to the spread of our Nusantara Super Highway Telkom, in order to bridge the digital divide and offering people a wider range of communications options and services” said Arief Yahya, Managing Director of Telkom Indonesia.
He added, “Alcatel-Lucent’s expertise and innovation capability will help us cope with our commitment to unlimited mobility and connectivity services with the quality, speed and reliability our customers require.”
According to a press release quoted by the official website of Alcatel-Lucent on Wednesday (10/07/2013), the availability of broadband networks is also expected to “give birth” to new applications such as e-tourism applications.
The fiber optic network will carry Wavelength Division Multiplexing technology/Optical Transport (WDM/OTN) converged. This technology enables Telkom Indonesia to provide data capability of up to 100 gigabits per second, equivalent to 1.32 million streaming HDTV channels at the time with the network through a single optical fiber.
This technology is believed to be efficiently and cost effectively which meet the customer demand for the needs of an increasingly sophisticated mobile services with high bandwidth, such as video, multimedia and other data-intensive applications.
Currently Telkom Indonesia has already providing high-speed broadband to more than 19 million subscribers and 125 million mobile subscribers. This cooperation is carried out to meet the needs of mobile penetration and the growth of Internet traffic which continues to increase.
Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said: “Expanding connectivity and increasing capacity for data services in areas which are not yet adequately served is vital to improve broadband access for all. We are pleased to support Telkom Indonesia in accelerating the expansion of internet connectivity to remote areas and overcoming the structural and geographic constraints that limit broadband penetration.”