NTT Communications (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) has launched its own fiberoptic network services in Indonesia. They have started out at the EJIP Industrial Park outside of Jakarta with service to multinational companies. They gained a fixed network operating license just three months ago, and have clearly been busy since.
The Japanese telecommunications giant is doing something we don’t see enough of in Asia: competing on someone else’s turf at the fiber and conduit level, taking their services end-to-end. The more usual method outside of the US and Europe is for multinational telecoms to partner with the local incumbent to service its customers’ needs in the country. Independent metro fiber footprints are rather harder to come by, let alone build yourself.
Of course, for NTT this is still in its own backyard. NTT has been expanding its infrastructure throughout the Pacific theatre, including plans to upgrade its Pacific Crossing cable to 100G next year and participation in the APG cable build. Their US and European presence is still at the wavelength level (lots and lots of them), but their international fiber infrastructure in the far east is growing.
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