Indonesia’s largest cable operator LinkNet, which offers fixed broadband and pay-TV services under the brand name First Media, is setting aside between USD80 million and USD100 million for its capital expenditure programme in FY2014, as it looks to strengthen its network infrastructure across the country. First media director Dicky Moechtar is quoted by The Jakarta Globe as saying: ‘Around USD60 million will be allocated for cable infrastructure, roughly USD20 million will be spent on adding base transceiver stations [BTS} and the remaining will be used to support other [business] innovations’. Mr Moechtar also said that the company is keen to extend its service coverage and aims to add another 300,000 homes passed to its footprint. By the end of last year First Media aimed to have around 1.2 million homes passed, or customers who enjoy package deals combining internet and cable television services, he said. With more than 40% of its customer base using the internet to stream videos, First Media is investing heavily in its networks to improve maximum broadband speeds. Having introduced a 10Mbps service for home users in 2009, it added a maximum 30Mbps service in 2012 before launching a 100Mbps residential user service in 2013.
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