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Moratelindo Expands Into Indonesia, Fueling Fiber Investments Across Land and Sea

November 30, 2021

Moratelindo is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructures service providers in Indonesia, with nearly 49,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable deployed in its network, with 18,360 Gigabits-per-second capacity and capabilities.

After two decades of investment and growth, the company announced this week it is further expanding capacity across key network sections, leveraging Ribbon Communications’ optical solutions, including advancing their Sumatra backbone and Batum subsea link to serve millions more with massive transmission capacity and future technology readiness.

“This is a critical project, and Ribbon prevailed in a highly competitive process by offering a range of solutions that best meet our needs,” said Michael McPhail. CTO, Moratelindo. “We know from previous experience that Ribbon is able to deliver in these challenging sections of our network, and we look forward to our expanded relationship.”

Ribbon’s advanced optical solutions enable Moratelindo to more than double the capacity of its Sumatra backbone to 3.6 Terabits per second, delivering connectivity to the world’s sixth-largest island over its entire 473,000 km2 area. Additionally, the 280 kilometer-long Batam subsea link, which extends Moratelindo’s reach to Singapore, now boasts an additional 2 Terabits of transmission capacity.

In addition to this substantial capacity upgrade, Moratelindo now benefits from a 200G network that is 400G-ready, enabling it to introduce new bandwidth-hungry services quickly and easily. The Sumatra optical backbone uses Ribbon’s Apollo 9932 Core OTN Switch at multiple nodes, leveraging its massive 16T switching capacity for efficient services grooming and routing over the backbone. Ribbon’s TM800 programmable transponders maximize transmission capacity on the Batam subsea link, providing the highest optical performance and delivering optimal line rate and service capacity for any set channel condition.

“This is a tremendous win for Ribbon,” said Mickey Wilf, Ribbon’s General Manager APAC and MEA, IP Optical. “Moratelindo is an important provider in one of the world’s most populous nations, and we’re thrilled to know that they count on us to provide the fast, reliable capacity their business and consumer customers require.”

The Indonesian telecommunications industry is among the fastest developing in Asia, according to Statista, “with a market value reaching into billions of U.S. dollars. The industry encompasses mobile and fixed broadband subscriptions, as well as mobile phone services. As Indonesian consumers transition to an age dominated by digitalization, the telecommunications industry is expected to grow and transform rapidly.”

There are over 267 million mobile and fixed broadband subscribers in the country, with a market size of over USD 7 billion. Over 64% of people living in Indonesia have access to mobile Internet services, with 176 million subscribers and with smartphone users topping 183 million.

Arti Loftus is an experienced Information Technology specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the research, writing, and editing industry with many published articles under her belt.

Edited by Luke Bellos

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