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Jakarta Post

Govt still mulling business plan for Palapa Ring

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Tue, August 9 2011   /  07:00 am

The Palapa Ring fiber-optic cable laying project, which will serve as the basis for all telecommunications providers and users in Indonesia, is still hammering out its business plan how to share the bandwidth the network will provide, a government official says.

So far, 42,500 kilometers of cable have been laid, out of a planned 52,500 kilometers, and 27 of the nation’s 33 provinces have been connected.

“We are looking for a business pattern. The funds are available and it depends on the financial as well as the information and communication ministers to decide on the business plan,” Post and Informatics director general Syukri Bayubara said in Bandung on Monday.

The Palapa Ring is a fiber-optic telecommunication network aimed at connecting 440 regencies and municipalities in 33 provinces, using over-land and undersea cables.

The project is being carried...