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ICON+ expands bandwidth on Sumatra

Optical network and managed services from Nokia Siemens Networks improve broadband Internet access, leased line availability on Indonesian island

(PresseBox) (Jakarta, ) PT Indonesia Comnets Plus (ICON+) is expanding its backbone network to Sumatra to meet customer demand for bandwidth. Nokia Siemens Networks' managed services business is implementing and managing the network built with its hiT 7300 dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical network platform. ICON+ is a subsidiary of National Electricity Company (PT PLN) and currently operates backbone networks, including mobile backhaul services, across the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali.

"We chose Nokia Siemens Networks technology for our backbone network across Sumatra to ensure that we have an optical network platform that can rapidly expand its bandwidth capacity over the long term," said Muljo Adji AG, president director, ICON+. "In addition, we expect Nokia Siemens Networks' managed services to save us money through increased operational efficiency. The collaboration will benefit our customers through greater backbone network capacity, better service quality and improved coverage."

"Mobile operators around the world are experiencing a surge in data usage thanks to the growing popularity of smart devices, and this is placing greater demand on backbone network operators like ICON+," said Richard Kitts, head of the Indonesia region at Nokia Siemens Networks. "Our DWDM platform offers ICON+ an attractive total cost of ownership option for providing optical networks in locations with lower population densities, while our managed service means that ICON+ can simplify operations and focus on its core strengths."

The DWDM platform is simple to upgrade and operate, helping to lower operating expenditures and minimize the cost of increasing network capacity reducing the "costperbit". Under the managed services contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide preventive and corrective maintenance for ICON+'s 3600 kilometers of fiber optic backbone across Sumatra. ICON+ will have the support of Nokia Siemens Networks' field services team in Indonesia and its expertise in the maintenance of DWDM networks. The contract also involves endtoservices, including those offered by Nokia Siemens Networks' remote Global Network Solutions Centers such as fault management, configuration management and performance management.

ICON+ has been focusing on providing telecommunications networks, services and content to support its parent company PT PLN and the public through key services such as leasedline, MPLS, broadband Internet access, Voice over Internet Protocol and banking applications. To meet the increase needs for highly available and reliable telecommunications networks, the company has also begun to commercialize fiber optic network in Java and Bali. It is currently serving over 296 customers in key industries such as telecommunications, banking, financial service and manufacturing.

The DWDM rollout undertaken by Nokia Siemens Networks started in January 2010 and is expected to be completed in April 2010, covering most of Sumatra. ICON+ plans to continue its Sumatra expansion to cover as far as Aceh province by end of this year. The managed services contract with ICON+ is a new addition to Nokia Siemens Networks' more than 230 managed services contracts in mobile and fixed networks across the world, serving more than 300 million subscribers globally.

About ICON+

Established on October 3, 2000, PT Indonesia Comnet Plus (ICON+) had been focusing on providing telecommunications networks, services and contents, especially for supporting PT PLN (Persero) and public's technology and information system. Thus the company introduced a variety of key products such as Clear Channel, Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), broadband internet access, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and banking applications. As a fullsubsidiary of PT PLN, the company initially focused on serving PT PLN's telecommunications network. Along with the increased need for consistently available end reliable telecommunications networks, the company sees new business development opportunities by commercializing its fiber optic excess capacity in Java and Bali.

Based on that line of thought, ICON+ started to work with various companies that need extensive and reliable telecommunications network. So far the company has served over 296 business in Indonesia from key industries, such as telecommunications, banking, financial services and manufacturing.

In its efforts to provide highly reliable and available services with minimum downtime to meet required service level agreement, ICON+ is supported by competent and experienced human resource as well as almost 27.300 KM long fiber optic network that covers Java, Bali and Sumatra.

In line with the ICON+ vision of becoming an Indonesia's leading network provider, in 2008 the company started telecommunications network connectivity expansion to Sumatra and Indonesia's remote areas, as well as maximizing PT PLN electricity network utilization nationwide.

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