“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)
Showing posts with label Telecommunications. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Telecommunications. Show all posts

Friday, November 11, 2011

Govt targets Internet coverage on all islands by 2012

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 11/11/2011

The Communications and Information Technology Ministry is targeting to connect all islands in Indonesia to the Internet by 2012, according to an official.

A ministry’s expert staffer, Suprawoto, said on Friday that the ministry also planned that all islands would have broadband networks by 2016.

He said that the plans were a “follow up” to the Indonesia Informatif (Informative Indonesia) program, which has been a vision of the ministry.

“Indonesia Informatif is our effort to bring Indonesian people closer to information,” he said in a forum in Gorontalo, North Sulawesi, Antara news agency reported.

He added that the ministry hoped Indonesians would use the Internet for education and community empowerment purposes.

“People are uneducated or poor not because of their financial situation but because of a lack of information,” he said.

Suprawoto said the ministry had developed the Desa Berdering (Villages Rings) program this year, building infrastructure in 5,874 districts that gave villages access to telephones, the radio and the Internet.

“We are building the optical fiber networks on the remaining islands. It has now reached Papua,” he added.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Telkomsel allocates CSR funds for peoples’ empowerment

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Sun, 10/02/2011

Indonesian telecommunication giant Telkomsel has spent 65 percent, or Rp 18 billion, of its Rp 28 billion (US$ 3.16 million) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) budget. The assistance has been committed to community empowerment programs, a company official said on Sunday.

“We have been using the funds to support student capacity building initiatives in schools throughout the country. We are likely to continue with these endeavors because we have received consistent positive feedback,” Telkomsel CSR general manager Tubagus Husniyullah said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Tubagus said Telkomsel was particularly focused on regions recovering from disaster and assisting the organization of activities intended to support local residents during their recovery stages.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saudi's STC to increase stake in Indonesia's NTS

Reuters, Sat Mar 12, 2011

  • Saudi Telecom to raise stake in Indonesia's NTS
  • To provide loans of $81 mln, followed by $290 mln

(Reuters) - Saudi Telecom Co (STC) said on Saturday it planned to rase its share in its affiliate NTS in Indonesia to 80 percent, and lend it more than $370 million, as it readies to expand in the Indonesian market.

Natrindo Telepon Selular (NTS Indonesia), now 51 percent owned by STC and 44 percent owned by Malaysia's Maxis Communications Bhd (MCB) , has set up a five-year plan to expand in Indonesia's telecom market, STC said in a bourse statement.

"Saudi Telecom has shown interest in taking this opportunity to increase its shares in (NTS) due to the growth prospects in the Indonesian economy," STC said.

"It agreed on Wednesday to give an initial loan of $81 million, followed by another loan of $290 million to be paid according to the firm's operational needs," the firm said.

The deal will cancel all the loans made to NTS by Maxis Communications, amounting to almost $412 million, and increase STC's stake to 80.1 percent from 51 percent.

Maxis Communications' share will fall to 14.9 percent from 44 percent, while the local partner will maintain a 5 percent stake.

The deal has yet to be approved by the Indonesian regulators.

NTS began its mobile phone services in 2008 and has more than 10 million customers, covering 400 cities in Indonesia, the statement added.

(Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Huawei gets Indonesia submarine deal

Huawei is to build a submarine cable across the Straits of Malacca between Malaysia and Indonesia

Huawei Marine Networks has been awarded a contract for the Batam-Dumai-Melaka submarine cable project linking Malaysia and Indonesia. Huawei will offer end-to-end turnkey submarine system solutions for the project.

The BDM project will consist of a cable system across the Straits of Malacca between Melaka, Malaysia and Dumai and Batam, Indonesia. The cable route will have eight pipeline and sea-cable crossings. The new system will provide bandwidth improvement for Malaysia and Indonesia.

The 300 kilometre cable will have a capacity of 80 gigabits a second. The project is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2011.

Telekom Malaysia, Indonesia’s XL Axiata and infrastructure provider Moratel will build the system.

The advanced transmission technology and the support from Huawei’s parent, Global Marine Systems, will allow the system to bring high-capacity data communications to Malaysia and Indonesia in 2011, said Huawei Marine CFO, Zhou Jin. GTB

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ireland Eyes Investment in Indonesian Telecoms

Jakarta Globe, Arti Ekawati, May 28, 2010

Irish investors are targeting Indonesia’s communications and banking technology sectors to capitalize on the country’s rising population and robust economic growth.

Patrick O’Riordan, director of Enterprise Ireland for Indonesia, a trade and technology board, said private business in Indonesia was growing rapidly.

“This will demand an easy and safe banking system and telecommunication access in wide areas,” O’Riordan said on Thursday in Jakarta.

To satisfy this demand, investors from Ireland are expected to enter the banking technology sector and share their expertise, including establishing e-learning for Shariah finance and providing more affordable communication in remote areas.

Irish companies Tango Telecom, Altobridge and Openet are set to start business in Indonesia and cooperate with local mobile-phone operators.

O’Riordan said the telecommunication sector had much potential given the rising population and global free trade.

Since the implementation of the China-Asean Free Trade Agreement in January, Indonesia’s import value on telephones has been increasing. Based on Trade Ministry data, the import value on telephone goods from China in January was $138 million, about a 349 percent increase year-on-year.

“Therefore, finding qualified local partner is very important because of Indonesia’s very complex and huge market in telecommunications,” O’Riordan said.

Mark O’Sullivan, sales director for Altobridge for the Asia-Pacific region, said the company had met with several local mobile-network operators to discuss providing services in remote areas.

Many of Indonesia’s 240 million people live in rural areas spread across the country’s 17,000 islands, which are often underserved by communications networks.

“These are potential customers who can be served by local mobile operators by using Altobridge’s Remote Community solution, since we have satellite technology to provide services for people living in remote areas without any basic communication services,” O’Sullivan said.

To run its business in Indonesia, Altobridge would cooperate with more than one operator, as each operator has its own specific customers. O’Sullivan did not elaborate on how much the company planned to invest in Indonesia.

“We are in the process of looking for local-operator partners,” he said.

Richard O’Brien, Ireland’s ambassador to Singapore, said the Indonesian government needed to minimize obstacles for business development to boost foreign investment.

“Investors need transparency and predictability on tax payment. An attractive and predictable tax regime is urged so that people will know what they have to pay,” O’Brien said.

He added that the government should simplify investment procedures by implementing a one-stop service for investment and business licenses.

Based on Enterprise Ireland’s data, the trade balance between Indonesia and Ireland in 2009 was valued at 1.2 billion euros ($1.49 billion). This consisted of 650 million euros of Indonesian exports and 550 million euros of Indonesia’s imports from Ireland.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Yahoo Buys Indonesian Mobile Internet Company

Yahoo has bought Koprol.com, an Indonesian mobile location-based-services Web company similar to Foursquare in the U.S.

CIO.com, by Dan Nystedt on Tue, May 25, 2010

IDG News Service — Yahoo has bought Koprol.com, an Indonesian mobile location-based-services Web company similar to Foursquare in the U.S.

The purchase gives Yahoo an expert in location-based mobile services, including helping people find nearby local businesses complete with reviews, on their mobile phones, as well as seeing where friends are and what they're doing, and more. Prior to Tuesday's announcement, Yahoo had reportedly been seeking a deal for New York City-based Foursquare valued at over US$100 million.

Yahoo bought Koprol because people are increasingly using mobile devices to access the Internet, the company said in a statement. "This is especially true in many emerging markets where we are introducing the Yahoo brand to many new-to-Net users," said Rose Tsou, senior vice president of the Asia Region for Yahoo, in a statement. "Koprol was uniquely designed for mobile phones and within a year has already built a strong user base," she added.

Yahoo plans to introduce Koprol in new markets, but did not say when.

"For us, joining a company like Yahoo was an easy decision to make and will take Koprol to the next level. We are very excited," Koprol said on its blog, adding that Koprol is well suited for Indonesia and the emerging markets in general.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Government to Manage Sub-District’s Internet Tender

Tempo Interactive, Monday, 10 May, 2010 | 18:15 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The government has required the winners of the universal service obligation (USO) tender to implement internet development in the sub districts on time. “Everything must be completed six months after the contract is signed,” said Communication and Informatics Ministry’s Public Relations chief, Gatot S. Dewabroto, in Jakarta yesterday.

Exceptions were given to the 9 packages due to geographical barriers. The 9 package contracts (Maluku, North Maluku, West Papua, and Papua) was signed on April 15 between the Village Telecommunication and Informatics Agency and PT Lintas Arta. Both parties also signed an agreement on the 7 packages(Bali and Nusa Tenggara), and the 8 packages (all provinces in Kalimantan).

On May 7, another contract was signed by the Village Telecommunication and Informatics Agency and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia for package 1 (Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and North Sumatera), package 10 (North Sulawesi, Gorontalo, and Southeast Sulawesi), and package 11 (West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, and North Sulawesi).


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Forum kicks off, $5b worth of projects on offer

Aditya Suharmoko, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 04/15/2010 9:37 AM

Asia’s premier infrastructure forum, Infrastructure Asia 2010, kicked off in Jakarta on Wednesday with the host country, Indonesia, showcasing projects worth US$5 billion under its public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

Among the high-profile projects offered is the 10,000 kilometer beneath-the-sea fiber optic cable that will connect Papua with the rest of the country’s broadband telecommunications network.

Indonesia is also offering another project that will directly link the country’s broadband network to Australia.

The projects are estimated to cost Rp 5.5 trillion (US$610.5 million) and up to Rp 2 trillion respectively.

Communications and Information m Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring said the broadband connection to Papua would be the final phase of an ambitious project to connect all the telecommunication hubs in the country through a 50,000-kilometer-long fiber-optic cable.

“We just managed to build up to Sulawesi,” he said, adding that Papua is the only major island that has yet to have a fiber-optic cable broadband connection.

Now state telecommunications firm PT Telkom is building 1,500 kilometers of fiber-optic cables connecting Mataram and Kupang worth Rp 800 billion, he said.

Tifatul said the broadband connection to Australia would stretch from Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara to Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. The connection will serve as an alternative route to connect to the global telecommunications network.

“Now the only one we have is Jakarta-Singapore-Taiwan-US. If it breaks down we lose all connections,” he said.

The planned Kupang-Darwin connection, he said, “may cost Rp 1 trillion to Rp 2 trillion,” adding that Australian firms will likely be interested in the project.

Tifatul expects that when the broadband projects are completed in 2012 Internet connections will be faster and more reliable answering complaints addressed by users that internet connections in Indonesia are often slow.

He also said the ministry aims to raise the number of mobile phone users to 100 percent of Indonesia’s 230 million population. “Now we have 130 million users,” he said.

In the exhibition, other infrastructure projects offered for this year include those in transportations, roads, ports, airports, energy and housing.

Projects include 2x1,000-megawatt coal-fired power plants in Pemalang, Central Java, which would require between $2.6 and $3.0 billion in investment; coal-transporters and a railway in Central Kalimantan connecting Purukcahu and Bangkuang, requiring between $1 and $1.2 billion; a waste-management power plant in Bandung, West Java, costing $120 to $150 million; and a water supply project in Umbulan, East Java, requiring between $300 and $400 million, to provide water to cities including Sidoarjo, Pasuruan, Surabaya and Gresik.

The Infrastructure Asia exhibition, held at the Jakarta International Expo in Kemayoran, Jakarta, is supported by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in association with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

The exhibition is held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on PPPs for infrastructure development, where President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to deliver a speech today.

The conference is expected to result in a joint declaration on infrastructure development by all the attending ministers.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Digital TV broadcast takes effect in 2018

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 03/25/2010 7:29 PM

The government has set a 2018 deadline for full implementation of digital TV broadcast, which is said to save specter of frequency by 50 percent in addition to far better quality of picture and sound than the existing analogue system.

Anang Ahmad Latif, head of television technology facilities sub-directorate at the Information Ministry, said Thursday both the government and TV operators were preparing regulations and infrastructure for the new era of TV broadcast.

“We have held a series of trials in several major cities like Jakarta and Bandung. This year we will move to Batam,” Anang told a gathering to familiarize digital broadcast in Yogyakarta.

He said most TV stations had been well prepared for the new system and some of them would go digital by the end of the year or early next year.

The long grace period given by the government will allow broadcasting companies to use up their investment in analogue TV industry, Anang was quoted by kompas.com.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Government Asked to be Serious about Sun Storms

Tempo Interactive, Monday, 22 March, 2010 | 19:27 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Padang:The West Sumatra provincial government has been asked to be serious about the sun storm which is predicted to hit the area between 2012 and 2015. The West Sumatra branch of the Indonesian Geologists Association coordinator, Ade Edward, said the preparation includes mitigation to reduce the disaster’s impacts. “The sun storm may trigger natural disasters, such as volcanic activities, tectonic earthquakes, and extreme weather conditions, including in West Sumatra,” he said yesterday.

When disaster strikes and power and telephone lines are down, Ade assumes that disaster management agencies will not be able to use standard mechanisms. “As such, the disaster mitigation system must be adjusted to anticipate the negative effects of the sun storm,” he concluded.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Duty-free facilities for telecommunication industry

Antara News, Tuesday, March 16, 2010 03:28 WIB

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government is providing duty-free facilities for the importation of goods and materials to produce telecommunication appliances this year.

The government-borne import duty facility was provided for in Finance Minister`s Regulation No. 54/PMK.011/2010 effective February 24 to December 31, 2010, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said in a press statement on Monday.

To improve the competitive edge of the domestic telecommunication industry the government had set the budget ceiling of Rp 38,771,000,000 to bear the import duties, she said.

She said to obtain the facilities, telecommunication companies should file applications to the director general of customs and excise, along with the import plans approved by the director general of transportation and telematic instrument industries.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Radar System for Sunda Strait to Be Complete by 2011

Jakarta Globe, Anita Rachman & Putri Prameshwari, February 13, 2010

Two locally developed radars are expected to be ready by next year to complete a radar array that will monitor sea traffic in the busy Sunda Strait, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences said on Friday.

Mashury Wahab, who is leading the project at the institute, also known as LIPI, said the two new radars would join the first, which was installed last December at Anyer in Banten, as part of the first stage of the Indonesia Sea Radar (ISRA) program.

He said the second radar would be installed at Merak, Banten, between July and August this year, while the third would be set up in South Lampung, near Bakauni Port, next year.

The three radars together will monitor the Sunda Strait and a small part of Sumatra Island.

“In the future, the three radars are expected to give us complete data on the traffic and activities in the area,” Mashury said.

Once the radar array is fully operational, Mashury said data on ship movements from the Sunda Strait to Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok Port could be collected and analyzed by LIPI and related government departments.

LIPI began the ISRA program in March 2009 with the objective of guarding the country’s waters against incursions by foreign ships intent on plundering national resources. It is also hoped to improve rescue response times for maritime accidents.

LIPI is working on the project with the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration and the Maritime Security Coordination Agency (Bakorkamla).

LIPI chairman Umar Anggara Jenie said ISRA was one of the institute’s main programs and had also been taken up by the new state minister for research and technology, Suharna Surapranata, as a priority program for his first 100 days in office.

Using both local and imported components, the Rp 4 billion ($428,000) radar system is being developed by LIPI’s Research Center for Electronics and Telecommunications in Bandung.

The first radar had a 10-kilometer range, but Mashury said the team planned to extend that to 30 kilometers. The team also hopes to improve the radar array’s effectiveness to not only detect ships, but also to obtain more detailed data such as ship speed.

Mashury said that for the next two radars, the team would use the latest innovations in radar technology. He said that frequency-modulated continuous wave technology, for example, would reduce the size and power consumption of the radars.

The ISRA radars are categorized as “quiet” radars, or low probability intercept, because they do not disturb other radar systems and cannot be detected by radar scanners.

“The next two radars should be lighter. We plan them only being 150 kilograms,” Mashury said, adding that construction of the new radars would cost about Rp 2 billion.

Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transportation, said the ISRA would be useful to monitor sea traffic in the region.

An archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, the country still relies heavily on ships, ferries and even wooden fishing boats to move people and cargo.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

IPRA opens conference in Indonesia

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 02/03/2010 12:21 PM

The International Public Relations Association (IPRA) opened its international conference in Jakarta Wednesday, with its president urging practitioners to embrace a new paradigm more commensurate with the new digital era.

"The emerging social media are having a major impact politically, economically and socially," Elizabeth Goenawan Ananto said in opening the two-day conference.

"This calls for a change of paradigm for public relations practitioners," said Elizabeth, who took over the presidency on Tuesday from Maria Gergova of Bulgaria.

The conference, themed Global Reach - Regional Leadership, brings in top-notch PR practitioners from around the world including Indonesia's own.

Elizabeth said PR has now come to be seen in the corporate world no longer as business cost but more as long term investment.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Coordinating Department for People’s Welfare to Establish SMS Center

Tempo Interactive, Thursday, 28 January, 2010 | 15:08 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The Coordinating Department for People’s Welfare will establish an SMS center.

The Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono said that the SMS Center will receive people’s complaints, starting from problems relating to the distribution of rice for the poor, plague, natural disaster up to human trading.

“In the future, foreign aid would no longer be the one coming earlier during disasters,” Agung said in Jakarta yesterday.

Therefore, he said, government performance in handling people’s problem will be more swift and responsive.

”The SMS center should operate this month,” he said.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Government Gets To Work Designing ID Card

Jakarta Globe, Camelia Pasandaran, January 27, 2010

Following promising tests in several major cities, the government on Wednesday established an inter-ministerial team to create the design for the single electronic ID card project, which is estimated to cost Rp 6 trillion ($642 million).

Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi said his office is now working on the design of the project, known as E-KTP, in coordination with other ministries and government bodies.

“We need to be careful with the budget because it requires around Rp 6 trillion,” he said. “[The Corruption Eradication Commission] has warned us to be careful.”

Vice President Boediono officially unveiled the team, which consists of 15 representatives from different bodies, including the Finance Ministry, the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas), Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the Communication and Information Ministry and the Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).

The E-KTP has been long planned as part of a government initiative to give every citizen a single 16-digit identity number.

The prototype card contains 37 categories of information, including marital status, blood type, parents’ name and employment, physical or mental disabilities, birth certificate, divorce certificate, place and date of birth, biometric finger prints of all fingers and a photograph.

Most of this information will be stored electronically. The card will display a photo, name and identity number.

The central government has tested the new ID card in pilot projects in Denpasar, Makassar, Padang and Yogyakarta. The Jakarta city administration has run its own testing program.

Gamawan said early evaluation of the pilot projects was promising.

“The pilot projects shows good compatibility of technology used to exchange data from one region to other regions,” he said. “We tested whether finger prints in Bali could be read in Jakarta. It shows that the data could be opened here.”

Gamawan said the program would be expensive, but it would help the government save money in the longer term.

“One of the big applications is for the voter-registration process. We won’t need to fight about the voter list again. We can save a large amount of money,” he said.

He said the central database would be backed up in two other cities to help protect against identity theft and cyber attacks.

“We will have other places to back up the data, such as in Batam,” he said.

“As for identity stealers, we have planned a good security system that will be hard to be break.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Investment in cellular telecommunications US$2.2 billion

Antara News, Tuesday, January 12, 2010 22:33 WIB

Makassar (ANTARA News) - Investment in the cellular telecommunications industry in Indonesia in 2010 is projected to reach US$2.2 billion, with the market estimated to grow by 11 percent.

Telkomsel Coorporate Communications Manager for Pamasuka area Jowvy Kumala said here Tuesday to reach the growth rate efficiency needs to be increased to cut operational cost.

"This industry will embark on the transformation era of combining cellular phones with Internet, video services and other digital products," he said.

Throughout 2009, his office had booked a growth in the number of subscribers to 17 million, bringing the total number of subscribers to more than 82 million. In 2010, his office will serve 100 million subscribers with an increase of new 18 million subscribers.

The total of 82 million subscribers, or 50 percent of the users of cellular services in Indonesia. Of the total, simpati prepaid cards had the highest contribution with 59 million subscribers, followed by As cards 21 million, and prepaid HALO cards 2 million.

Last year`s communications traffic had increased compared to that in 2008. SMS traffic increased by 21 percent from 107 billion to 129 billion short messages last year.

In the meantime, Minutes of Usage (MoU) increased by 203 percent to 273 billion minutes from 90 billion minutes in 2008. Data supply services also increased by 178 percent to 9,125 tera bytes compared to 3,284 tera bytes in 2008.

Broadband mobile services also increased significantly with the number of subscribers increased by 700 percent to 1.6 million subscribers compared to 200,000 subscribers early last year.

With regard to networks, last year saw the building of 3,500 base transceiver stations (BTS), and now reached 30,500 BTS reaching more than 95 percent of the Indonesian population.

This year, all the 24 big cities in Indonesia are expected to fully enjoy this service, for which an investment of Rp 13 trillion would be needed to expand the coverage, increase capacity and improve the quality of networks, and provide new services.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ICT Expo 2009

The Jakarta Post, Mon, 12/14/2009 2:53 PM

Information and Communication Minister Tifatul Sembiring addresses the audience at the opening ceremony of the Indonesian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Expo 2009 on Monday in Jakarta. The expo will run until Wednesday. (JP/Moch.Kurniawan)

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Singapore launches undersea cable system

Antara News, Wednesday, December 9, 2009 16:00 WIB

Singapore (ANTARA News/Asia Pulse) - Singapore Tuesday officially launched its first undersea cable system, the Asia-America Gateway (AAG), which links the city-state directly to the US.

The new infrastructure would reinforce Singapore's status as a reliable and trusted location in hosting and transmitting mission-critical data, according the island republic's Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Manpower Lee Yi Shyan.

The 20,000-km long cable system built with a 19-member consortium including Singapore's telecommunication operator Starhub at the cost of US$500 million will be ready for service in January 2010.

Business in Asia Today - Dec 9, 2009
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Telkom looks to acquire smaller telcom firms

Ika Krismantari , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Wed, 12/02/2009 9:28 PM

The country’s largest telcom operator PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) plans to acquire several smaller local telcom firms including Bakrie Telecom next year, to expand its code division multiple access (CDMA) services.

Telkom finance director Sudiro Asno said Wednesday his firm was targeting companies outside its main competitors, PT Indosat and PT Excelcomindo Pratama, respectively the country’s second and third largest telco operator.

Telkom, he said, “Is only targeting ‘small guys’.” Sudiro did not elaborate but quickly added that “It hasn’t been decided yet. We are still in an early stage.”

Sudiro said that should the deal with Bakrie Telecom be reached, then Telkom may issue bonds next year to help finance the acquisition.

However, when The Jakarta Post mentioned the matter to Bakrie Telecom, the management said that they knew nothing about it.

“We have not had any talks whatsoever either with Telkom or within our internal management,” Bakrie Telecom director for development Rachmat Junaidi said over the phone.

He continued that the company was now focusing on developing the company’s business and did not have any plan to sell its shares to other parties.

Monday, November 30, 2009

President to inaugurate Palapa Ring project

Antara News, Monday, November 30, 2009 08:30 WIB

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to inaugurate the Palapa Ring fiber-optic network project, which will be started with the construction of the 1,041 km Mataram-Kupang fiber optic line on Monday (30/11).

The President will make contacts with Communications and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, and West Nusa Tenggara Governor Mohammed Zainul Madjdi in Kupang by way of video conferencing facility from the State Palace, Ministry of Communications and Information spokesman Gatot S. Dewa Broto said in Jakarta, Sunday.

According to Gatot, the construction of the Palapa Ring network in the southern part of Eastern Indonesia is fully funded by state telecommunications company PT Telkom with a segment with a land surface optic fiber cable, scheduled for completion in November 2010.

Vice Director of Public and Marketing Communications of Telkom, Eddy Kurnia, said that in the first phase, Telkom builds the Mataram Kupang undersea optic fiber line, with six "landing points" in the city of Mataram, Sumbawa Besar, Raba, Waingapu and Kupang.

Further Telkom will build a 810 km land cable with 15 nodes in the Mataram, Pringgabaya, Newmont, Taliwang, Sumbawa Besar, Ampang, Dompu, Raba, Labuhan Bajo, Shikara, Bajawa, Ende, Maumere, Waingapu, and Kupang.

"This project is a Telkom commitment to install optic fiber projects in Eastern Indonesia," he said.

Palapa Ring Project is a Government initiated fiber optic backbone development, consisting of 35,280 kilometers of undersea optic fiber line, and 21,708 kilometers of optical fiber underground line.

This project forms seven rings covering 33 provinces and 460 regencies across Indonesia.

The Palapa Ring Consortium members were in the beginning composed of seven companies, but due to the global crisis only three members are now left, namely Telkom, Indosat and Bakrie Telecom.

The Consortium will later build optic fiber lines at the beginning of 2011 from Manado, Ternate, Sorong, Ambon, Kendari to Makassar.

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