JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara officially inaugurated the placement of underwater optical cable of West Palapa Ring project from above the Limin Venture Vessel in Batam Sea, Sunday (8/6/2017).
"From the construction of the West Palapa Ring, there is land side and sea side, I was told that the land side is fully completed. Now actually the optical cable is put on the sea side, the optical cable is put under the sea to land in the destination station," he said during a speech from the Limin Venture Ship, as cited from the press release of Ministry of Communications and Informatics, Sunday (8/6).
He said there are undersea cables planted to avoid damage from the activities of the docking ships and there are hanging ones. Therefore, it required coordination with relevant agency, that is, Marine Security Agency (Bakamla).
After a year ago, in July 2016, the financing for the West Palapa Ring was obtained, PT Palapa Ring Barat as an Executing Entity had 18 months to complete all development work and was ready to operate.
"For the West Palapa Ring, contract-wise it should be completed in February 2018, I spoke to the West Palapa Ring Executive who will push to finish by the end of 2017, God willing, it could," said the minister.
The Palapa Ring project is a telecommunication infrastructure project through a 36,000 km of fiber optic construction across Indonesia that is divided into the West Palapa Ring, Center Palapa Ring and the East Palapa Ring. (*)