Jakarta (ANTARA News) – State telecommunications operator PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has set aside Rp1.7 trillion in funds to build fiber optic submarine cable which will connect the two eastern Indonesian provinces of Maluku and Papua.

“The submarine cable is expected to start operating in 2015 so it can increase broadband services in the eastern part of Indonesia and improve the competitive edge of the region,” Telkom President Director Arief Yahya said here on Tuesday.

Arief said the Maluku-Papua fiber optic submarine cable project called Maluku Cable System (MSC) is divided into two packages of jobs.

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