Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) announced today that it will be providing connectivity for PT Telkom Indonesia International (TII). Specifically, they will be providing high speed IP services in their Los Angeles gateway, plus wavelengths to backhaul it all from there to the landing station of the Asia America Gateway cable (AAG). TII is not exactly a household name in the US, but it is the incumbent provider in a country with 230 million people and a rapidly growing online population.
The AAG cable just came online in the fourth quarter, and AT&T was the only US carrier in on the project. One would therefore have thought AT&T would be in line for this kind of deal, so it is something of a coup for Level 3. They have been doing well with some of the lesser known names in Asia of late, e.g. their win in Mongolia.
Apparently they don’t actually need to be in Asia to do well there – at least for now. The plethora of new cables coming online in the Pacific has given them sufficient connectivity options to make up for that long lost Tiger system they paid Reach to take over back in the bubble.