Asia Express - Data Communications
WiMAX Development in Asia September 21-27
September 26, 2009
- The Jakarta Post reported on September 25 that PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, also known as Telkom, is slated to lead off WiMAX service in Indonesia in the first quarter of 2010. Telkom said that the company has been working to fulfill the requirements for obtaining WiMAX operating licenses, which are expected to be issued by Indonesia's Ministry of Communications and Information by the end of October 2009. It is reported that Telkom will have to employ a minimum of 40% local products and equipment in the company's WiMAX network infrastructure.

- Malaysian WiMAX carrier Packet One Networks has adopted Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 7500 high-speed OWDM (Optical Wavelength Division Multiplexer) as the transmission backbone for the company's WiMAX network in the capital Kuala Lumpur and the neighboring state of Selangor, Nikkei reported on September 23. Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 7500 platform features an ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer), which is expected to facilitate high-speed optical transmission while cutting back on electrical power consumption. The platform also supports multiple interfaces, such as SONET (Synchronous Optical Networking)/SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy), Ethernet, and other data interfaces. Fujitsu expects to extend the application of its FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM platform to the deployment of next-generation networks in the Asia-Pacific and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) regions, according to the Nikkei report.