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Broadband telecommunication service represents one of the most important aspects  for nations which are basing its social and economic lives upon information, through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for economic and social development.  Its positive impact on innovation, productivity, trade, employment, foreign investment, economic growth and, consequently a country’s competitiveness, has been widely acknowledged, proved and documented both in the developed and developing countries.

Indonesian government has put its policy on realizing the broadband service throughout the country from cities to villages namely the Indonesia Broadband Plan (IBP) by targeting the village, rural and underserved area. Indonesia as the largest archipelagic country in the World has around 17,000 islands that has a unique challenge and solution to provide broadband connectivity within its own territory. Submarine telecommunication cable system has become more and more reliable to deliver broadband content service domestically as well as internationally as part of the national and regional telecommunication grid, such work also has been realised by the Indonesian government through PPP’s Palapa Ring Project as national broadband backbone that hopefully will bring lower cost per Mbps and open new business as well as better economic-social opportunity of the people.

Submarine telecommunication cable system has been around for more than two centuries and has been continuously enhanced and transformed from being simply copper wire type to optical fibre along with the advances in optical transmission equipment like DWDM and OTN. Subsea telecommunication cable system now able to carry 100Gbps/lambda and keep increasing with connection reach thousands and thousands of kilometres in distance resulting of 99% of the global as well as domestic broadband traffic is carried over by subsea cable network carrying voices, high definition video and high speed data; connecting major cities and data centres yet still the main backbone for applications like 5G and Big Data as well as supporting the Industry Revolution 4.0 and the UN’s SDG 2030 and many other specific applications like public protection and disaster relief.

Based upon various studies, the total volume of Indonesian domestic submarine telecommunication cable length has already reached around 40,000 km and still growing alongside with the increase in capacity and the number of landing points as indicated in Figure-1, which makes Indonesia as a large single domestic market in South-East Asia region.

In addition to that currently some international submarine cable networks are also passing through the Indonesian territory water and there is scarcity of cable ship availability (for laying and maintenance) as well as limited skilled human resource (both offshore and shore end). On the other hand there are some conflicts with other subsea utilities due to limited Right of Ways, some disputes over the implementation of Indonesian cabotage law which all of those give constrains and complexity on any new cable route plan, cable deployment, cable protection and maintenance, which in the long run these could threat the reliability and security of the new or existing cable systems and increasing complexity on regulatory practices.

Considering the magnitude of the Indonesian submarine telecommunication cable network, the opportunities, challenges and threats have become the main reason for having this seminar.

IICF has the mission to support and look for solutions in order to improve condition of the telecommunication industry and human capacity in Indonesia will initiate and facilitate this one-day seminar in order to update advances and developments in business, technology, applications and regulatory aspects as well as options of solution including.


Subseatel, More Important More Needed Broadband: Indonesia Case


Host is IICF (Indonesia-ITU Concern Forum) on August 14th, 2019, Harper Hotel – MT Haryono Jakarta, Indonesia. Address: Jl. MT. Haryono, Jl. Biru Laut X No.7, Cawang, Jatinegara, Jakarta Timur 13340.


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