Internet and multimedia services provider Biznet Networks has expanded the reach of its Indonesian fibre-optic networks to 13,000km, stretching from Java to Bali and Sumatra, IndoTelko quotes the company’s president Adi Kusma as saying. The telco’s latest expansion comprised a 1,700km stretch from Java to Bali, he said, adding that the completion of the optical fibre link between the two locations forms part of Biznet’s strategic aim to extend service coverage to smaller cities to reach more SMEs and corporate enterprise customers. ‘We are confident of being able to provide broadband internet services that are reliable and [of a high} quality at affordable prices for more people in Java and Bali,’ he said. The operator’s 2015 network construction plan, Fiber Biznet Java-Bali, is said to be its main focus for this year as it strives to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding Indonesian internet use base. Following the completion of the Java to Bali link, Biznet says it is now able to reach the areas of Jakarta, Bandung, Cirebon, Tegal, Semarang, Salatiga, Yogyakarta, Solo, Madiun, Surabaya, Malang, Jember, Tabanan, Ubud and Denpasar. Furthermore, a number of smaller towns throughout West Java, Central Java and East Java are also already covered by the fibre service, while a second phase of expansion in August 2015 will see Biznet Fiber developed in Bangka Java and Batam. Biznet is spending USD70 million to support the expansion, and notes that its fibre business accounts for 60% of its total turnover. Finally, Biznet Networks is also working to develop a Wi-Fi-based internet access platform this year. Launched in February, the new Wi-Fi service will hopefully be rolled out to 70 cities across Indonesia this year.