Power Telecom begins fibre expansion on Java

16 May 2008

Indonesian fibre-optic network provider Power Telecom has launched the second phase of its network rollout programme on Java, to increase the availability of telecoms and internet access in the region, reports The Jakarta Post. According to a Power Telecom official quoted by the paper, stage two comprises a 833km fibre-optic link connecting Jakarta and Surabaya which will augment a 500km network link in Greater Jakarta and Bandung, expected to be completed next month. Power Telecom is spending IDR800 billion (USD86 million) in its Java fibre-optic deployment and aims to complete the rollout in September, said the firm’s president Dicky Tjokosaputro. In 2007 the company signed a contract with government-owned railway company PT Kereta Api to install the network along its railway in a 20-year deal. Once Power Telecom has completed its Java rollout it intends to expand its infrastructure in Sumatra in 2008 and Kalimantan in the next four years, he said. To complement its fibre-optic rollout the company is also setting up Wi-Fi and core IP networks to offer high speed internet access in Jakarta, Solo, Yogyakarta, Semarang and Boyolali. Dicky said his company has allocated IDR5 trillion to finance its entire capital expenditures for the next five years, adding that the business had become more lucrative as most players in the telecoms industry had improved their cost efficiency amid stiffer competition.

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