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Cable Technology Feature Article

January 22, 2009

Fujitsu Digs Deep to Launch Cable System in Indonesia

By Tim Gray, TMCnet Web Editor

The race to the bottom of the sea took a $100 million turn this week when Fujitsu (News - Alert) and iNorddeutsche Seekabelwerke (NSW) landed a deal to supply a submarine cable system for the Indonesian islands Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Java, Bali and Lombok.
The contract from PT Telekomunikasi (News - Alert) Indonesia to build what is being called the JaKa2LaDeMa network is slated to be complete in the first quarter of 2010 and is expected to deliver the capacity to provide Internet, e-commerce, video, data and voice services throughout the region.
"Fujitsu is extremely pleased to make a significant contribution to the construction of network infrastructure in Indonesia, which is one of the fastest growing markets in the world,” said Gensei Katano, vice president of Fujitsu's photonic systems group, submarine networks division, said. “We will continue to work closely with NSW for the successful delivery of the submarine cable system to PT Telkom."

Under the terms of the deal Fujitsu will provide terminal equipment, repeaters, branching units system integration and associated services. For its part of the arrangement, NSW will provide its MINISUB repeatered and unrepeatered cables in addition to extensive surveying responsibilities, marine installation and civil services.
It’s not Fujitsu's first dip into the tank. Last year the company completed an upgrade of the 13,000 mile Japan-US submarine cable system that spans the Pacific Ocean. The company also began the upgrade  of the Singapore-India submarine link of the 11,00 mile South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 4 submarine cable system.
Submarine cable networks have been popping up under the world’s oceans for some time now. As TMC (News - Alert) recently reported, Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) and Cable Company Limited, a Bermudian telecommunications company set out to land the new Challenger submarine cable network in Bermuda. The system was designed to offer a much needed system redundancy to improve the robustness of Bermuda’s telecommunications infrastructure.

Tim Gray is a Web Editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Tim’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray