Indonesia to re-launch Palapa Ring tender

30 Jan 2008

A consortium commissioned to re-launch Indonesia’s ambitious Palapa Ring fibre-optic network says it plans to begin the registration process for interested bidders wishing to supply equipment for the project in February. The Jakarta Post writes that the consortium hopes to finalise the winners of the procurement tender in May at the latest, allowing them sufficient time to conduct a feasibility study before commencing construction work in the third quarter.

The government’s Palapa Ring project aims to link Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua and eight existing network connections or backhauls through an estimated total 35,280km of submarine and 21,870km of terrestrial fibre-optic cabling. The procurement tender is expected to cover construction of 9,345km of undersea and 857km of underground fibre-optic cables in the eastern part of the archipelago, the paper says, and construction of the eastern section is expected to be complete in 2011.