Telkom tower subsidiary Mitratel is considering raising its fibre optic rollout target for this year past 6,000km on the back of increased demand for fibre optic broadband in Indonesia.
Mitratel Investment Director Hendra Purnama said the demand for fibre optics has increased and so far, the company has deployed 2,117km of fibre, Republika reported.
Fibre optic cables have been a focus for tower company Mitratel due to its ability to support 5G capacity – commercial 5G services launched in Indonesia in 2021.
Purnama added that 5G is the “future of telecommunications” but it requires a “suitable ecosystem” underneath it.
In an update to the tower business, Mitratel president director Theodorus Hartoko revealed that 11,851 towers out of 28,206 have been connected to the fibre optic network.
Hartoko added the 6,000km of fibre to be deployed will fulfil the needs of Indonesia’s operators to roll out 5G wider.