Local telco company, PT XL Axiata Tbk (UDX: EXCL) and two United States (US) giant tech firm, Facebook Inc., and Google Inc., are collaborating to work on a Marine Cable Communication System project from North America and several areas in Indonesia - Photo by Facebook Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Local telco company, PT XL Axiata Tbk (IDX: EXCL) and two United States (US) giant tech firm, Facebook Inc., (NASDAQ: FB), and Google LLC., (NASDAQ: GOOGl) are collaborating to work on a Marine Cable Communication System project from North America and several areas in Indonesia. The Echo project is planned for completion in 2023.

“We are announcing two vital new subsea cables to connect Singapore, Indonesia, and North America.  These will be the first transpacific cables through a new diverse route crossing the Java Sea and will increase overall transpacific capacity by 70 percent,” said Facebook in a written statement announced last week.

As part of this effort, wrote the social network provider, they have partnered with regional and global partners to build two new subsea cables, Echo and Bifrost, that will provide vital new connections between the Asia – Pacific region and North America. These projects are still subject to regulatory approvals, when completed, these cables will deliver much-needed internet capacity, redundancy, and reliability, adds by the company.

“We are excited to work with partners such as Indonesian companies Telin (PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International), XL Axiata and Singapore-based Keppel (Group) on these projects,” wrote the statement.

It said, Echo and Bifrost will complement the subsea cables serving Indonesia today. Earlier, the American-based social media platform, Facebook , PT Telkom Indonesia Tbk (IDX: TLKM), and Keppel Corp. Ltd., has entered into a joint build a 15,000-kilometer high capacity subsea cable system from Singapore to West Coast of North America.

Subsidiary of Facebook, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), a subsidiary of Telkom, Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Ltd., will jointly own and develop a multiple fibre paired, high capacity submarine cable system that directly connects Southeast Asia to North America through the Java Sea and Celebes Sea.

This project is part of Keppel’ Vision 2030 to develop and broaden connectivity platform by building a new adjacent and complementary business to its data centre business. Earlier, the company together with its joint build partners, entered into a supply contract with Alcatel Submarine Networks for the supply and installation of the Bifrost Cable System and is expected to be completed in 2024 with total costs around US$350 million.

Next steps, the units of the three companies will jointly own and develop the Bifrost Cable System connecting Singapore to the west coast of North America via Indonesia, the Philippines and Guam. When completed in 2024, the system will be the largest-capacity high-speed transmission cable across the Pacific Ocean, they said.

Facebook also has partnered with Alita, an Indonesian telecom network provider, to deploy 3,000 kilometers of metro fiber in 20 cities in Bali, Java, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi. The tech firm also has invested in Singapore data center.

“Echo and Bifrost will provide important diverse subsea capacity to power Singapore’ digital growth and connectivity hub. We are excited to build on our other projects that connect to Singapore,” Facebook stated.

In the Asia – Pacific region, the demand for fourth generation (4G), 5G, and broadband access is rapidly increasing. Although more than 73 percent of Indonesia’ population access the internet, the majority access it via mobile data. Less than 10 percent use broadband. The two projects its expecting will support further growth for hundreds of millions of people and millions of businesses.

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