News portal Bali Discovery.com quotes the director of Indonesian metro Ethernet fibre-optic provider Biznet Networks, Adi Kusma, as saying that the island of Bali urgently needs an ‘island-wide fibre-optic telecommunications system’ if it is to maintain its position as a leading world tourism destination. Speaking at a trade forum in Ubud, Central Bali, Kusma said: ‘As a popular international tourism destination visited by international visitors, Bali clearly has a need for quality internet network, data centre, cloud computing and pay-TV.’
Biznet Networks is a leading provider of fixed line and multimedia telecoms services in Indonesia, and is striving to improve its service to the public through the expansion of its national fibre-optic network, including Bali. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in March 2009 Biznet rolled out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology to Bali. The operator’s Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (GEPON) network is capable of delivering triple-play voice (VoIP), internet and video services. At the time, the company held an opening ceremony for its max3 store/office branch at Kuta, Bali. Biznet’s FTTH network covered around 30km within the area of Jimbaran to Kuta at launch, with plans to expand coverage to other areas ‘as demand increases’. Commenting on the launch, Adi Kusma said: ‘With the penetration of Biznet’s fibre-optic network, we are hoping that internet penetration in Bali will also increase along with the availability of a reliable broadband internet connection that can give a speed of up to 15Mbps.’
As well as expanding its network coverage Biznet is looking to improve its service portfolio in order to grab market share. In January 2009 the company launched its metroNET 1Mbps service for the corporate segment, with prices starting from IDR1 million (USD83.2 million) per month. metroNET was offered in a range of packages, with connection speeds of between 1Mbps and 10Mbps. Biznet also offers its max3 internet service for residential users with speeds of up to 15Mbps; consumer packages start from IDR500,000 for a 2.5GB volume-based quota.