Island hopping with PT TELIN

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P.T Telekommunikasi International (TELIN), the Indonesian Telecom operator, is now busy developing the Indonesia Global Gateway (IGG), a trans-archipelago cable that will traverse an east-west path linking the islands of Sumatra, Batam, Borneo, Java, Bali, Sulawesi and also Singapore. Once completed in early-2018 the cable system will not only enhance connectivity amongst the major cities of Indonesia, but will also provide direct connectivity with two international submarine cables – SEA-ME-WE 5 from Europe which lands in Dumai, and SEA-US from the West Coast of the U.S., and which terminates in Manado. The cable follows a 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) x 80 wavelengths (wl) x 4 fiber pairs (fp) design, and measures approximately 5,300 kilometers in length.

Image courtesy of PT Telin

Image courtesy of PT Telin

For the project Telin will be partnering with NEC, a business which has a good track record of working in the region, having helped to lay their first cable here back in 1991, and more recently having been involved in the recent Papua

Edi Siswanto, Vice President Infrastructure & Planning, TELIN

Edi Siswanto, Vice President Infrastructure Planning & Development, TELIN

Cable System (SMPCS). We spoke briefly with Edi Siswanto, Vice President of Infrastructure Planning and Development at Telin, who told us a little more about the challenges the cable might encounter.

Since the cable traverses a region that not only has significant fishing, but is also prone to volcanic activity and earthquakes, it has thus been considered necessary to bury almost 60% of the route. This, Siswanto shares, should provide the necessary protection to ensure reliable service across the archipelago. The project is expected to be completed by 2018.

We look forward in the meantime to hearing more updates.


This article is part of a series of 15 interviews with leading cable project owners around the world, which we’ve compiled into the ebook “Submarine Networks Projects 2017”. Download a free copy of it here.

If you’d like to meet these cable owners and operators together with other leaders from the industry, you should join us at Submarine Networks World 2018, which takes place 24 – 26 September in Singapore. Firmly established as the must-attend annual meeting for industry players from all around the world, preparations are already underway for another year of inspiring ideas, extensive networking and lively debates, with a conference programme covering key industry issues ranging from New Demand Drivers to Marine Operations, as well as a brand new Innovation Zone featuring presentations on the latest R&D projects.

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