Jakarta, 19 September 2023 — The Submarine Cable Communication System, also known as Sistem Komunikasi Kabel Laut (SKKL), is revolutionizing global connectivity by using underwater cables to interconnect nations. Serving as the backbone of international and domestic traffic, SKKL is positioning Indonesia to emerge as a prospective Global Digital Hub. This strategic location not only facilitates internet connectivity across nations but also underscores Indonesia's significance as a pivotal link bridging the East and West, as well as the North and South.
Akhmad Ludfy, Telin's CTO and Head of the Association of Submarine Cable Communication Systems of Indonesia (Asosiasi Sistem Komunikasi Kabel Laut Seluruh Indonesia - ASKALSI), addressed the issue during the Marine Spatial Planning & Services Expo 2023 in the Talkshow titled “Enhancement Investment on Subsea Cable System with Procedure and Continuous Development” at Pullman Hotel, Jakarta Central Park. He shared insights into SKKL's planning and construction processes and emphasized the challenge of 68 cable disruptions between 2019 and 2021, with an average repair time of 80.5 days. To address this and ensure sustainable development, adopting procedures that balance increased investment with marine environment preservation is crucial for long-term sustainability.
The book titled "Prosedur Perencanaan & Pembangunan Sistem Komunikasi Kabel Laut (SKKL)" by ASKALSI plays a pivotal role in facilitating the planning and installation tasks of SKKL by providing a detailed roadmap for the process. This comprehensive guide sets industry standards for construction and serves as an invaluable resource for ensuring that SKKL continues to meet evolving business needs while adhering to relevant laws and regulations, ultimately securing its long-term sustainability.
To ensure the sustainable construction, maintenance, and repair of SKKL, there are essential areas that need improvement. These include better training and certification programs, surveys of seabed connections, innovative technologies for submerged plants, enhanced cableship and cable barge operations, and improved management of submarine cables. By working on these aspects, Indonesia can bolster its role in the SKKL field and ensure its long-lasting impact on global telecommunications and digital connections.
Towards the end of his address, Akhmad Ludfy emphasized, "Indonesia's youth have abundant opportunities to actively engage in shaping the future of SKKL. One of our weaknesses is the lack of communication; there is a need for comprehensive publication and extensive socialization efforts." These initiatives will not only help raise awareness about the opportunities within SKKL but also facilitate a more inclusive and informed dialogue among the youth, thereby strengthening their engagement and contributions to this pivotal sector.