Indonesia stays connected

NEC and Siemens have jointly signed a turnkey contract with PT Telkom for the supply of a nationwide optical fibre telecommunications cable system in Indonesia.

The consortium formed by the two companies for this project will also provide a comprehensive set of services including marine and terrestrial installation, commissioning and integration. When completed in early 2006, the system will connect approximately 30 cities on the Indonesian islands of Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan.

The new optical fibre network called “JASUKA Backbone Ring” consists of 1,040 km of submarine and 780 km of terrestrial telecommunications transmission systems. It will be configured as two rings and utilise DWDM submarine and terrestrial optical networking solutions. The system will have an initial capacity of 20 Gbit/s for submarine and 10 Gbit/s for the terrestrial portion and can be upgraded up to 320 Gbit/s.

PT Telkom, the largest telecommunications operator in Indonesia, is currently diversifying its network to address the exponential growth in demand that is being fuelled by increased usage of data and the Internet in the region.

Upon completion, this system will play an important role, interconnecting with Telkom’s other backbone networks, including Thailand – Indonesia – Singapore submarine cable (TIS), High Performance Backbone (HPBB) and Dumai – Melaka submarine cable (DMCS).