NEC has signed a contract with Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) to develop the Indonesia Global Gateway Cable System (IGG). The IGG optical submarine cable system will connect the islands of Sumatra, Batam, Java, Bali, Kalimantan and Sulawesi with Singapore. The IGG deployment is scheduled for completion in early-2018.
Figure 7 - IGG Cable Map
The IGG is a 100 Gbit/s x 80 wavelengths x 4 fiber pairs optical fiber submarine cable system, measuring approximately 5,300 kilometers, that will connect the cities of Dumai, Batam, Jakarta, Madura, Bali, Makassar, Bilikpapan, Takaran and Manado with Singapore. Following the IGG deployment completion, the cable system will enhance connectivity among these major cities of Indonesia, as well as provide direct connectivity between two international submarine cables, one from Europe landing in Dumai, and the other from the west coast of the US terminating in Manado.
ANALYSIS: The IGG is an ambitious plan by Telin, the Indonesian incumbent, to link its interests in the Europe-Asia SEA-ME-WE-5 cable and the transpacific SEA-US cable, thus giving Telin full control over it traffic four-fifths of the way around the world. The only segment that is missing is the transatlantic.
IGG is therefore a reflection of a new assertiveness from "PT Telkom" aka Telin. The Company has invested heavily in domestic submarine fibre networks and is clearly seeking to shift future cable builds away from the crowded hub of Singapore into Batam Island in Indonesian territorial waters.
NEC has been quite instrumental in helping Telin to achieve this vision. The Japanese System Supplier has built domestic Indonesian systems Jasuka (Java-Sumatra-Kalimantan), Pangkalpinang-Pontianak (PP), Papua Cable System, SB (aka Packet-1), SUB (aka Packet-2), totaling 5,980 route kilometers; the 98-kilometer Batam-Singapore Cable System (BSCS), an international cable which is wholly-owned by Telin; and the 160-kilometer Dumai-Melaka Cable System (DMCS) which is jointly owned by Telin and Telekom Malaysia. Telin's IGG system will add another 5,300 km to NEC's record. NEC has also been involved in building the following consortium cables of which Telin is a member: AAG, APCN-2, SEA-ME-WE-5, SJC, TIS, and SEA-US. This strong connection between Telin and NEC probably reflects a broader economic relationship between Japan and Indonesia involving trade in services for raw materials.
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