A recent announcement of network expansion in Indonesia is a reminder of the continuing concern, on the part of both vendors and operators, with being 5G-ready.
XL Axiata, one of Indonesia’s leading telecommunication service providers, and Infinera, a global supplier of innovative networking solutions, have announced the expansion of XL Axiata’s South Sumatra terrestrial network and its Singapore-to-Jakarta subsea network via B2JS (Jakarta-Bangka-Batam-Singapore) with the Infinera XTC platform, leveraging Infinera’s Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4).
Infinera says that its XTC Series combines the benefits of photonic integrated circuit technology, integrated packet-aware OTN switching and the flexibility to address subsea, long-haul, regional and metro networks. ICE4, the company adds, offers network operators the combined benefits of scalable multi-terabit optical super-channel capacity and strong capacity-reach performance for distances from metro to subsea.
Few announcements of this sort fail to mention 5G and indeed Infinera points out that these benefits enable the resiliency required as operators make their networks 5G-ready, explaining that its solution, delivered in collaboration with local partner Lintas Teknologi, ensures XL Axiata is ready to offer capacity with speed and efficiency, as demanded by its customers, today and as its network evolves to 5G.
XL Axiata covers more than 94 per cent of the population throughout Indonesia and has a transport infrastructure spanning over 45,000 kilometres of fibre optics.