Trident, Triasmitra team up in Singapore-Indonesia subsea project

20 December 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Trident Subsea Cable and Indonesia’s Triasmitra have today announced the companies have entered into a strategic venture to own and operate a fibre-optic telecommunications subsea cable connecting Singapore and Indonesia.

The new cable will form part of the broader Trident Subsea Cable system network, which is an independent, carrier-neutral fibre network specifically designed to enhance connectivity between Australia and Asia – this includes developing a subsea cable network throughout Southeast Asia. The system will be deployed under a staged approach.

Stage 1 of Trident’s network development has commenced with the acquisition of two fibre pairs of a 1,070km subsea and terrestrial cable between Singapore and Jakarta from Indonesian cable deployer, owner-operator Triasmitra’s existing Jakarta-Bangka-Batam-Singapore (B2JS) cable system. The development will see the official launch of Trident’s Asia network, which will be operational and transacting with its first customers in April 2017.

“Trident welcomes this exciting collaboration with Triasmitra; the complementary strengths and combined visions of both companies create compelling commercial synergies for our customers and shareholders,” said Alexis Pinto, Trident’s chief executive officer.

“Triasmitra has a proven track record in submarine and terrestrial fibre-optic cable network infrastructure development and maintenance. With a number of domestic and international assets within Indonesia and surrounding regions, a skilled engineering workforce and close relationships with international carrier partners, Triasmitra brings significant value to Trident’s Asia network.”

Triasmitra has successfully deployed more than 2,500km of submarine cable in Indonesia and surrounding regions.Significant demand for premium network services has enabled Trident to secure capacity sales in excess of $20 million for 2017 on the Stage 1 route. Completion of Stage 1 will drive immediate revenue for the company to progress subsequent stages of network development.

Galumbang Menak, Triasmitra’s founder, added: “Triasmitra has seen great success in Indonesia; the partnership with Trident offers an opportunity to extend our reach within the region and into international markets. The partnership brings together Triasmitra’s breadth of engineering capability with Trident’s strengths in strategic commercial development. We are working closely with Trident to deliver Stage 1 of the project and look forward to future opportunities of mutual benefit.”

Points of presence (PoPs) in Singapore and Jakarta data centres with international colocation partners will be established to ensure ease of customer access.