Telkom set to become international telecommunications hub

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (Telkom) said it is optimistic it would play the role of international telecommunication infrastructure hub with the development of its Indonesia Global Gateway Cable System (IGG).

"We are developing IGG and it is now in process. Tekom will have significant role. We have program to become an international hub," Vice President for Corporate Communication of Telkom, Arif Prabowo said here on Thursday.

Arif said the IGG would link Indonesia and Europe and the United States.

In 2018, it is expected that construction of the networks between Indonesia and Europe would be completed with the landing point in Dumai and the landing point for submarine cable between Indonesia and the United States would be in Manado, he said.

"The two lines would connect with each other to support domestic and international data traffics," he said.

Separately , General Manager for Submarine Network Division of NEC Corporation Toru Kawauchi said in a statement that his company had signed a contract with Telkom for the IGG development.

"NEC is chosen again by Telkom as the supplier of optic fiber submarine cable system with a speed of 100Gb/s IGG, which would link nine big cities in Indonesia with Singapore and two international submarine cable systems Dumai and Manado," Toru Kawauchi said.

IGG is a submarine optic fiber cable system consisting of cables with a speed of 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) x 80 wavelength (wl) x 4 optic fiber pair (fp), around 5,300 kilometers long which will link big cities in Indonesia such as Dumai, Batam, Jakarta, Madura, Bali, Makassar, Balikpapan, Takaran and Manado, with Singapore.

After the completion of the IGG project in early 2018 , the cable systems will not only increase connectivity between big cities in Indonesia, but also would provide direct links between the two international submarine cable systems -- one from Europe with landing point in Dumai, and another from the West Coast of the United States with landing points in Manado.