Telkom to build $170m local subsea cable

Nicole McCormick
30 Mar 2010
Daily News

Indonesian telco Telkom has unveiled plans to build a new domestic submarine cable at a cost of $170 million.

The cable, Jaka2ladema, will link Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Denpasar and Mataram.

The submarine network will span 2,600 kilometers, with an initial capacity of about 320Gbps.

The Java-Mataram cable leg is half-way completed. Telkom president director Rinaldi Firmansyah told the Jakarta Postthat the goal is to complete the second half of this route by year-end.

The Mataram-Kupang leg is scheduled for completion at the end of 2011.

The cable system will bring much-needed infrastructure to eastern Indonesia.

Rinaldi said Telkom had secured a $60 million loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) to finance the cable.

The remaining funds will come from Telkom’s capex budget.

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