Echo Cable’s Golden Bouy landed at Tanjung Pakis


By IndoTelko.com
June 24, 2022

After several months of underwater construction and deployment, the Echo Undersea Cable Communication System (SKKL) has finally docked at Tanjung Pakis, Karawang Regency, West Java. The “Golden Buoy” arrived in Tanjung Pakis, Wednesday morning (22/6), towed ashore to then be connected to the network belonging to PT XL Axiata Tbk (XL Axiata).

XL Axiata Director and Chief Technology Officer I Gede Darmayusa and representatives from NEC Indonesia also welcomed the arrival of Golden Buoy.

For XL Axiata, anchoring the Golden Buoy is part of XL Axiata’s commitment to continue to provide better network quality and services to Indonesian customers and people with the addition and availability of fiber optic network that connects to the global network. This is also in line with XL Axiata’s efforts to realize the vision of becoming the leading converged operator (No. 1 converged operator) in Indonesia, especially to support the provision of the fastest Internet service for customers and the public “XL Axiata is for Indonesia”.

XL Axiata Director and Chief Technology Officer I Gede Darmayusa said, “The arrival of Golden Buoy at Tanjung Pakis is part of a very long series of developments for the SKKL Echo project, in which fiber cables optics are drawn from California, USA, across the Pacific Ocean, directly here, and later to Singapore. After arriving in Indonesia, the SKKL Echo will be connected to XL Axiata’s network system which we can then use to improve the quality of internet connection for Indonesian customers and people.

SKKL Echo was jointly built by Meta, Google and XL Axiata. The construction of this project has started since 2021 and is expected to be completed in 2023. The handover of the SKKL Echo “Golden Buoy” to Tanjung Pakis marks the start of the installation of the SKKL Echo in Indonesia for a length of no less than 4,000 km, over a total length of 15,000 km. Tanjung Pakis Beach was chosen as the landing point in Indonesia to Singapore and California, USA.

XL Axiata hopes that this project will be completed and can start operating in the third quarter of 2023. According to Gede, his party is looking forward to the benefits of this SKKL Echo to improve the quality of internet services. The existence of this SKKL will also add an Internet connection to the global network and strengthen the connection via SKKL-SKKL that XL Axiata already has.

“For XL Axiata, the existence of SKKL Echo will provide alternative Internet and data access with high capacity overseas, which in turn can improve the quality of Internet access for all customers, including business and government circles. In addition, the SKKL, which directly connects Indonesia to North America, will provide direct benefits for Internet access, as the community’s need for fast and stable Internet access also continues to increase. Furthermore, we also hope that the existence of this SKKL will contribute to the growth of the digital economy for the wider community in remote areas and eastern Indonesia,” Gede said.

Currently, XL Axiata already has a number of SKKLs that support global network Internet access services. These SKKLs include SKKL Batam – Sarawak which started operating in early June 2022, SKKL Australia – Indonesia – Singapore which operated in October 2018.

To date, the XL Axiata network is spread over 34 provinces. Some of the networks have penetrated and served people in remote areas and are located on national borders. A total of more than 133,000 BTSs, including 83,000 4G BTSs, and a fiber optic network of more than 113,000 kilometers, support XL Axiata’s network strength, to serve approximately 57 million customers in various regions of Indonesia. . (stage)

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