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Telkom Indonesia deploys 'world's largest GPON-based network'

Veronica C. Silva | Nov. 24, 2010
Operator ready for demands of fixed and mobile network integration

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 24 NOVEMBER 2010 An Indonesian full-service telecom operator is now ready to face the challenges of complex networking and bearing requirements with the completion of new backhaul technology.

Telkom Indonesia claims its gigabit passive optical networking (GPON)-based mobile backhaul network is the world's first large-scale commercial deployment. The technology is based on the mobile network platform of telecoms equipment and network solution provider ZTE.

With this development, Telkom Indonesia said it can now meet the challenges of present broadband services such as high-speed Internet, IPTV and online gaming since adopting GPON technology in 2009.

At the same time, Telkom Indonesia can look forward to responding to the future demands of fixed and mobile network integration as expected in bandwidth growth.

"ZTE has been dedicated to broadband development models in Asia-Pacific countries for years," said Xu Ming, ZTE vice president and fixed-line product line general manager.

This world's first GPON-based backhaul mobile network with the most abundant scenarios will be a global commercial FTTx deployment model ZTE is committed to building for TELKOM Indonesia, he added.

Accelerated pace

Telkom Indonesia has served almost 118 million users in the third quarter of 2010.

Point Topic's World Broadband report in the third quarter of 2009 noted that the broadband penetration rate in the Southeast Asian market was less than 10 per cent. However, the broadband market growth posted a quarterly average of a 6.32 per cent increase, which is the fastest rate in the sector.  

According to the Point Topic report, the current top 10 fast broadband growth countries are in the Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia. Countries included China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Pakistan.

In line with the goal of achieving the Asia-Pacific FTTx construction mode, as stated in the Point Topic report, ZTE is also rolling out broadband projects at an accelerated pace with China Telecom, Telecom Malaysia and other Asia Pacific operators.

Global market

The global optical networking market is expected to reach US$20 billion by 2015, according to a report by market research consulting firm Ovum.

North America and the Asia Pacific will be enough to start the global turnaround in 2010, which will gain momentum in 2011 as EMEA [Europe, Middle East and Africa] transitions to positive growth. The Asia Pacific is now the number one region for ON sales, driven by a mobilising China, said Ian Redpath, principal analyst, Ovum.  

Ovum data show that ZTE is the second top vendor for ON according to sales with a 16 per cent market share for the period 2010-2015.


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