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OKI Delivers GE-PON Optical Access System to Tanah Datar, Indonesia's First Municipality to Deploy GE-PON

High-quality 1Gbps optical LAN bridges the information access divide and improves the efficiency of local government

Ceremony held in Tanah Datar on April

JAKARTA, April 25, 2012 -- OF Networks (OFN), an OKI group company specializing in providing next generation broadband network solutions in Japan, has successfully delivered GE-PON(*1) for optical LAN system to Tanah Datar, West Sumatra, Indonesia, with the cooperation of Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC). This is the first time a municipality in Indonesia has installed an optical LAN using GE-PON system.

The opening ceremony was held on April 19, 2012 which marked the start of the operation. This deployment of high-quality 1Gbps optical LAN will contribute to resolving the digital divide in rural area and improving the work environment in Tanah Datar prefectural government.

Indonesia has tried to improve ICT to bridge the digital divide between cities and rural areas, which subsequently resulted from a rapid economic growth in recent years. Indonesian government as well as each municipality has taken various actions to improve the situation. Among others, Tanah Datar prefectural government focused not only the equal access to information but also the effective administrative procedures within the government work.

In 2009, TTC and OFN, in cooperation with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (KEMENKOMINFO RI) started building an optical LAN using GE-PON in Tanah Datar and have conducted experimental trials of optical access. The scope of those trials included the digital divide of course, but also the delivery of the business documents between the office buildings as well as the complexity in the document management of hard copies. The trials especially helped improve the municipality's financial Information system (also known as SIMDA) OFN also promoted the solutions using ICT.

Tanah Datar prefectural government highly valued the performance of GE-PON and its high implementation rate by the Japanese municipalities, and telecommunication and CATV companies who provide internet, IP phone and video distribution services. Its good results from the trials were another factor that drove Tanah Datar government to the commercial operation of the optical LAN with GE-PON. This adoption is believed to bridge the digital divide and enhance the efficiency of the administrative work at the prefectural government. Furthermore, the local government officials aim to realize various applications on the optical LAN infrastructure and resolve various problems in health care, fishing, and agriculture industries through the utilization of ICT.

Before the delivery, OFN has obtained GE-PON's product certification issued by Post and Telecommunication of Indonesia (POSTEL) for the first time as a Japanese PON manufacture. This certification is required for selling and promoting telecommunication devices within the country. Having achieved the success of this project, OFN plans to actively pursue further implementation of GE-PON system in other municipalities, telecommunication operators, high rise apartments in urban areas, and industrial parks with rapid growth in business.

Regarding its future plan, Tanah Datar Regency plans to keep working together in cooperation with OKI and OFN in utilizing ICT in the region.

Benefits of optical LAN GE-PON

  1. Reduction of the digital divide between urban and rural regions by networking the administrative system.
  2. Enhancement of administrative efficiency in the prefectural government by paperless environment.
  3. Sharing of information among educational, medical and other institutions.
  4. Quick Access Network System especially in applying the SIMDA financial system network.
  5. Tanah Datar can overcome its ‘digital divide’ in enhancing working-network environment.

GE-PON product features

  1. Upstream 1.31µm / downstream 1.49µm wavelength division multiplexing with single optical fiber
  2. Single optical fiber can split and connect up to 64 users. PON system splits the fiber in ratio 1:64 and connects up to 64 users.
  3. Maximum transmission distance: 20km
  4. Access line rate: 1Gbps
  5. Frame format: Ethernet

Overview of optical LAN at Tanah Datar Municipality


  • *1 :GE-PON

    GE-PON (Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network) is suitable for building carier-grade Fiber to the Home/Building (FTTH/FTTB), and is the best optical access device for constructing the broadband environment for office buildings, hotels and MDUs.

  • *2 :MAN

    MAN is a telecommunication network which links the areas within a limited region by cross-connecting LAN (Local Area Network).

About OF Networks (OFN)

OF Networks was established with joint investment of OKI Electric Industry and Fujikura in 2003, to develop products for Optical Access Systems in the field of Next-Generation Broadband Access System. The company succeeded in releasing the world's first commercial GE-PON system in 2003. For more information, visit OFN website at http://www.ofnet.jp/en/index.html.

About OKI Electric Industry (OKI)

Founded in 1881, OKI Electric Industry is Japan's leading telecommunications manufacturer. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, OKI provides top-quality products, technologies, and solutions to customers through its info-telecom systems and printer operations. Its various business divisions function synergistically to bring to market exciting new products and technologies that meet a wide range of customer needs in various sectors. Visit OKI's global website at http://www.oki.com/.

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