Perth-based Trident Subsea Cable has fast-tracked its plans for connectivity between Indonesia and Singapore following a strategic venture with Indonesian cable operator and builder Ketrosden Triasmitra. Trident CEO Alexis Pinto told CommsDay the deal would bring forward its operating business in Asia by two years, while other proposed legs of the network are under construction. Trident has been one of a number of groups aiming to bring in new capacity between Perth and Singapore via Jakarta. Earlier this month Vocus announced that it had made a binding agreement with Alcatel Submarine Networks to build the Australia Singapore Cable, with work expected to begin in the new year. Pinto said Trident was still committed to the Australia-Jakarta-Singapore route, but under the new agreement there would be a greater immediate focus on Asia. He also noted that the company still had relationships in place with other partners, including cable operator Matrix. However, the commercial agreement with Triasmitra has now been prioritised. “The venture with Triasmitra is a strategic corporate decision and their existing business assets will enable us to activate a segment of the Trident Subsea Cable network as early as April 2017,” Pinto told CommsDay. “Trident is a strong believer of the importance of enhanced connectivity between Australia and Southeast Asia – this remains at the very core of the company’s plan – and we are committed to the continuous development of building infrastructure networks in the region. We will be proactive in multiple markets, Asia being at the centre of the long-term strategy.” Triasmitra is a major fibre operator and developer in Indonesia. It is part of a consortium including Moratelindo that is building the western section of the Indonesian government-backed Palapa Ring project that aims to fibre large parts of the nation. The deal with Trident will allow it to use Triasmitra’s existing Jakarta-Bangka-Batam-Singapore “B2JS” cable system. Under the new plans, two fibre pairs on B2JS will form stage one of Trident’s network deployment. It expects the official launch of Trident’s Asia network will be operational and transacting with its first customers in April 2017. The company said demand for premium network services had enabled it to secure capacity sales in excess of US$20 million for 2017 on the Stage 1 route. Completion of Stage 1 will then drive immediate revenue for the company to progress subsequent stages of network development. Pinto said Triasmitra had 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,” he said. “With Triasmitra’s support as a key development partner, we anticipate accelerated growth and reach for the establishment of Trident’s carrier-neutral, Asian-centric network.” Triasmitra founder Galumbang Menak said the partnership with Trident offers the company an opportunity to extend its 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,” Menak said. “We are working closely with Trident to deliver Stage 1 of the project and look forward to future opportunities of mutual benefit.” Meanwhile, Pinto told CommsDay that 2017 will see the launch of a series of initiatives in Trident’s cable development for the region – including for Australia. He also said that the company sees Indonesia as a hub for communication infrastructure development, with both Trident and Triasmitra committed to executing subsequent ventures in the near future.