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New 3,000-km undersea cable system planned for Indonesian archipelago

Alcatel-Lucent and Telkom Indonesia announced that they have signed a contract for the development of a optic fiber network infrastructure which will connect the islands of Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua located in the eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago.

A press release said that the system, which will span more than 3,000 km, will link the islands of Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua in the eastern archipelago, opening up new opportunities to improve the competitiveness of the region for economic and social development. The system, it said, will be capable of supporting 100 Gbps data speeds and be able to deliver an ultimate capacity of up to 16 Tbps, "significantly boosting connectivity and substantially increasing the availability of broadband services throughout the islands" and furthering new applications such as e-tourism applications.

The system, the release said, is part of Telkom Indonesia's Nusantara Super Highway, which will deploy a terrestrial and undersea infrastructure throughout the archipelago, to address the increased mobile penetration and Internet traffic growth. The terrestrial links and inland activities will be performed by Indonesia's PT Lintas, strengthening the cooperation between the companies, it said.

"This new submarine cable system will make a significant contribution to the deployment of our Nusantara Super Highway, which is contributing to bridging the digital divide and offering people a wider range of communications options and services," said Telkom Indonesia President Director Arief Yahya.

"Expanding connectivity and increasing capacity for data services in areas which are not yet adequately served is vital to improve broadband access for all," said Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks President Philippe Dumont.

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