Jakarta, 23 November 2010 – ZTE Corporation, (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced it has successfully completed the world's first large-scale commercial GPON-based mobile backhaul network for TELKOM Indonesia, a full-service telecom operator in Indonesia. The project is the first such large-scale commercialization of GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Networking) backhaul technology, and is based on ZTE's mobile network platform.
With Indonesia's strong growth in broadband demand in recent years, TELKOM Indonesia needed to meet traditional voice service demands and its current extensive range of broadband services such as high-speed Internet, IPTV and online games, while also considering the integration of fixed and mobile networks to cater for future bandwidth growth.
As one of the fastest growing mobile user markets in the world, the number of users served by TELKOM Group in Indonesia had reached almost 118.2 million by Q3 of 2010. According to Point-Topic's World Broadband report (3rd quarter of 2009), the broadband penetration rate in the Southeast Asian market was less than 10%, but the broadband market growth was the fastest sector, reaching an increase of 6.32% per quarter.
Recognizing the need to deploy a GPON based Mobile Backhaul solution to meet the complex networking and bearing requirements involved in business scenarios today, TELKOM Indonesia embarked on the use of GPON technology in 2009. Since the network was put into operation in 2009, users have been able to enjoy improved high-speed internet speeds and service experiences.
"ZTE has been dedicated to broadband development models in Asia-pacific countries for years," said Mr Xu Ming, ZTE Vice President and Fixed-Line Product Line General Manager. "This world's first GPON-based backhaul mobile network with the most abundant scenarios will be a global commercial FTTx deployment model ZTE is committed to building for TELKOM Indonesia."
The report by Point Topic also made note that the current top 10 fast broadband growth countries are mostly in Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia; including China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Pakistan. Alongside this venture with TELKOM Indonesia, ZTE is also implementing projects with China Telecom, Telecom Malaysia and other Asia Pacific operators, to help drive the Asian-Pacific broadband development and deployment into an "accelerated fast lane," so as to achieve "Asia-Pacific FTTx construction mode" according to the report.