Alcatel-Lucent and Telkom Indonesia to Develop Undersea Cable Network
Alcatel-Lucent and Telkom Indonesia have signed a contract for the development of a optic fiber network infrastructure which will connect the islands of Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua located in the eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago.
The system spanning more than 3,000 km will link the islands of Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua in the eastern archipelago, opening up new opportunities to improve the competitiveness of the region for economic and social development.
Capable of supporting 100 Gigabit per second data speeds, the system will deliver an ultimate capacity of up to 16 Tbit/s, significantly boosting connectivity and substantially increasing the availability of broadband services throughout the islands. Additionally, it will pave the way for new applications such as e-tourism applications.
The system is part of Telkom Indonesia’s Nusantara Super Highway, consisting in deploying a terrestrial and undersea infrastructure throughout the archipelago, to address the increased mobile penetration and Internet traffic growth. The terrestrial links and inland activities will be performed by Indonesia’s PT Lintas, strengthening the cooperation between the companies.
Arief Yahya, President Director of Telkom Indonesia said: “This new submarine cable system will make a significant contribution to the deployment of our Nusantara Super Highway, which is contributing to bridging the digital divide and offering people a wider range of communications options and services. 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.”
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.”
The development of optic fiber network infrastructure in the Indonesian Eastern Region will integrate a wet plant of cables, repeaters, branching units, and the 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal equipped with advanced coherent technology. Offering unique flexibility and scalability to accommodate multiple data rate wavelengths, the Alcatel-Lucent 1620 LM enables seamless capacity upgrade on flexible grid for channel spacing without traffic interruption. The solution will be managed by the Alcatel-Lucent end-to-end submarine management system. As part of the turnkey contract, Alcatel-Lucent will also be responsible for project management, system design, marine operations and system commissioning.
Press Release, July 10, 2013