State-owned telco Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is planning to spend around USD600 million in order to expand its fibre-optic network across the country during 2014, the Jakarta Globe reports. The expansion project is part of Telkom’s ‘Indonesia Digital Network 2015’ road map, which aims to improve internet connectivity nationwide.
The fibre-optic network, with an advertised downlink speed of 1Gbps, will be rolled out in 30 cities across Indonesia, including Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Medan, Denpasar and Makassar, among others. Rizkan Chandra, Telkom’s network and solutions director, admitted: ‘The investment for this project depends on the technology we use. Building a fibre-optic network for one household usually costs between USD100 and USD300.’