Telekom Indonesia's infrastructure arm Telekom Akses has announced it will roll out fibre into millions of premises across Indonesia's 17,000 islands.
The project is part of the company's plan to get fixed-line broadband out to 15 million users in Indonesia by 2015, raising access to broadband from 3 percent to 30 percent.
According to the Jakarta Post, Indonesia has a 14-year economic plan that includes improving broadband through the construction of a fibre backbone ring around the archipelago in Indonesia.
There are approximately 71.19 million internet users in Indonesia in total, with the vast majority on mobile broadband rather than fixed broadband, but this still is less than one third of the country's total population of 248 million.
As part of its Trade In Trade Off (TITO) Access Modernisation Project that will replace existing copper lines with fibre, Telekom has picked Alcatel Lucent's GPON equipment known as Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) equiment that will allow the company to deliver 100Mbps download speeds over fibre to the premises.
Badriyanto, Telekom Akses CEO said that the rollout would focus on the eastern, and most populace part of Indonesia.
"Deployment of Alcatel-Lucent's GPON technology in Indonesia's eastern region will contribute greatly to achieving our country's goal of closing the digital divide and giving all of our people access to broadband whether they are living closely together in our cities or widely dispersed in our rural areas," he said in a statement.
"We believe that providing reliable and affordable ultra-broadband on a national level will positively and significantly impact Indonesia's citizens in the areas of economics, education and healthcare by providing a richer, more interactive experience."
It comes as Indonesia's neighbour Australia is reassessing its fibre to the premises rollout, with the new government considering switching to fibre to the node for the majority of the 12 million premises in Australia.
Alcatel-Lucent already has an AU$1.5 billion contract with NBN Co for optical and Ethernet aggregation equipment. The company has also been involved in trials of fibre to the node and fibre to the basement technology with NBN Co and Telstra since the change of government in September last year.