Matrix chooses Tyco Telecom for undersea net between Indonesia and Singapore

FEBRUARY 26, 2007 -- Independent Indonesian telecommunications provider PT NAP Info Lintas Nusa and Tyco Telecommunications announced a contract between NAP affiliate Matrix Networks and Tyco Telecom to construct an undersea fiber-optic system.

FEBRUARY 26, 2007 -- Independent Indonesian telecommunications provider PT NAP Info Lintas Nusa and Tyco Telecommunications (search for Tyco Telecommunications), a business unit of Tyco Electronics, announced the signing of a contract between NAP Singapore-based affiliate Matrix Networks and Tyco Telecommunications to construct an undersea fiber-optic system. The network will provide connectivity between Jakarta, Batam, and Pontianak, Indonesia, and Singapore. The system will serve several Indonesian markets by providing direct access to the international telecommunications gateway.

"Indonesia has a rapidly expanding demand for bandwidth and access to the internet," explains Jim Schweigert, general manager of Matrix Networks. "The undersea solution we are deploying with Tyco Telecommunications will serve markets that are now underserved and growing with a system that meets our stringent criteria for capacity, robustness, and flexibility using advanced, proven technologies."

The system will comprise a four-fiber-pair trunk between Singapore and Jakarta with branches to Batam in the Riau Islands Province and Pontianak in Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. The design also facilitates a future connection to Perth, Australia, via an undersea branching unit. Using DWDM, the system will be able to transmit sixty-four 10-Gbit/sec wavelengths on each fiber pair for a total bandwidth of nearly 2.6 Tbits/sec.

"Regional systems require the same scalability and reliability as trans-oceanic systems, in an economic package," says Rob Munier, managing director for global solutions at Tyco Telecommunications. "The system we are building with Matrix will deploy the latest generation of equipment (G3) which features small-form-factor and highly efficient transmission equipment; reducing both capital and operating expenditures without compromising performance."

Tyco Telecommunications expects to deliver the system to Matrix in mid-2008.

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