Fiber Optic to Be Set Up in E Indonesia Palapa Ring Is A Government-Initiated Fiber Optic Backbone Mega-Project.
Oct 15, 2009, post by Adam Wątróbski

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (Telkom) will soon engineer an optic fiber backbone in eastern Indonesia. The company will utilize some of the Palapa Ring configurations, passing through Mataram-Kupang, Manado-Sorong and Fakfak-Makassar.

For the first stage, along October 2009 Telkom will be providing 1041 sea km-long Mataram Kupang Cable System with six landing points in Mataram, Great Sumbawa, Raba, Waingapu and Kupang.

A 810 land km-long network with 15 nodes will also be built in Mataram, Pringgabaya, Newmont, Taliwang, Great Sumbawa, Ampang, Dompu, Raba, Labuhan Bajo, Ruteng, Bajawa, Ende, Maumere, Waingapu and Kupang.

“Although in reality the consortium of Palapa Ring project has been running as properly as expected, Telkom will still continue constructing the optic fiber backbone in eastern Indonesia,” Telkom Vice President of Public and Marketing Communications, Eddy Kurnia said in a press release, as quoted by VIVAnews on October 7.

Kurnia clearly stated that the project, which is initiated and put into effect by Telkom, is expected to be completed by late September 2010.

Palapa Ring is a government-initiated fiber optic backbone mega-project which consists of 35.280 km-long submarine cable and an inland cable with the length of 21.708 kilometer.

The backbone cable consisting of seven rings will cover 33 provinces and 460 regencies in eastern Indonesia.

To Telkom, telecommunication infrastructure development in eastern areas has a highly-strategic value. Unfortunately, the establishment in the areas is not as fast as in western areas due to their unqualified conditions. Aside from its broad areas, eastern Indonesia consists of thousands of big and small islands. “We are facing a very challenging geographical condition,” Kurnia said.

“The fiber optic backbone that we’ll be working on with the Palapa Ring configuration is expected to be a comprehensive solution for the areas’ isolation from telecommunication access and supporting and helping Telkom developing various InfoCom services in the areas,” Kurnia said.

What is more, the backbone is also expected to increase the number of access points to broadband network which would support the company’s chance and business prospect in Indonesia’s remote areas.

Other expectations of the backbone include delivering more efficient communication for governmental and public sector including the military, police officers, meteorology, crisis prevention, corporate customers and households; cutting the price of communication within the areas, encouraging the use of broadband access and catering the present and future need of communication that depends on broadband network.