Matrix Networks, Tyco begin construction on Matrix Cable System

MARCH 10, 2008 -- A four-fiber pair trunk between Singapore and Jakarta supports a system capacity of nearly 2.6 Tbits/sec. The system also includes a branch to Batam in the Riau Islands Province, and its design facilities a future connection to Perth, Australia.

MARCH 10, 2008 -- Matrix Networks Pte Ltd and PT NAP Info Lintas Nusa, together with submarine telecommunications equipment supplier Tyco Telecommunications (search for Tyco Telecommunications) today announced the start of construction of the main lay portion of the Matrix Cable System. With the completion of the Singapore shore-end lay installation at the Tanah Merah location last week, as well as the shore-end lay portions at Batam and Jakarta, Indonesia, not too long ago, the system is quickly approaching its scheduled completion in June 2008, say the companies.

The 1,000-km subsea Matrix Cable System will provide robust, high-bandwidth connectivity to the currently underserved, growing Indonesian market. The design also facilitates a future connection to Perth, Australia, and discussions with a potential landing partner in Australia are under way, say Matrix Networks representatives.

"This region is long overdue for a substantial increase in bandwidth," reports Jim Schweigert, general manager of Matrix Networks. "Construction of the main lay portion represents a significant step towards completing the link that will facilitate communication between Indonesia, Singapore, and the rest of the world. More importantly, we are keeping to our planned schedule to have the system up and running by second quarter of 2008, a significant achievement for any major infrastructure project," he notes. "We are confident this Tyco Telecommunications-built, state-of-the-art system will provide Indonesia and the surrounding areas with the reliable, flexible communications capabilities its users demand."

"The completed system will not only bring affordable communication to residents, but will also boost our e-commerce business capabilities," adds Patrick Adhiatmadja, senior vice president, PT NAP Info Lintas Nusa. "By significantly increasing bandwidth while reducing costs, users will have speed and access at their fingertips like never before. It is a real win for all of our existing and future customers."

The system will comprise a four-fiber pair trunk between Singapore and Jakarta, with a branch to Batam in the Riau Islands Province. The system's capacity is nearly 2.6 Terabits between Singapore and Jakarta. There are an additional four fiber pairs between Singapore and Batam providing another 2.6 Terabits of capacity. The system's use of DWDM technology will support the transmission of 64 10-Gigabit wavelengths on each fiber pair.

"Each portion of this system is comprised of the newest, most advanced generation of highly-efficient subsea equipment," contends Rob Munier, managing director for global solutions at Tyco Telecommunications. "The completed system will provide the region with an essential advancement in communications technology."


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