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Biznet Networks president: “To deliver an affordable broadband service for the market is really the challenge.”

Adi Kusma is president of Biznet Networks, Indonesia

Adi Kusma is president of Biznet Networks, one the leading telecoms providers in Indonesia. He is appearing on Day One of the Broadband ip&TV Asia 2012 conference, taking place on the 15th-16th May 2012, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Telecoms.com speaks to him about the major developments and challenges in the region.

What is the core technology your network is currently based on and what are the development plans for the future?

We’re using Metro Ethernet and GE-PON for our business market and HFC network for consumer market. We think picking the best technology for each market segment is important.

What major developments have there been for the broadband industry in your region over the past year?

The major development in Indonesia is mobile broadband, due to a lack of fixed-line cable infrastructure.

Speed is often touted as a priority, but some view the major challenge to be coverage and network capacity. What is your view?

The main issue is area coverage, but the main obstacle is the service price. To deliver an affordable broadband service for the market is really the challenge.

Is FTTH really necessary for businesses and consumers and what are the stumbling blocks to rolling it out?

FTTH is suitable for businesses, but for consumers FTTH investment might be too expensive. The main problem of rolling out is the permit issue on the area.

To what extent can fixed wireless connections help in the roll out of broadband connectivity?

Fixed wireless connections are also suitable for business markets, where users don’t move much. For the consumer market, mobile wireless connections are a huge opportunity, especially with LTE technology.

Will the dominance of mobile connectivity limit the growth opportunities for fixed line connections?

I think each technology has its own benefit and function, fixed line is suitable for high bandwidth, business and consumer market, while mobile wireless is suitable for low bandwidth with mobility. Each technology will complement each other depending on the usage.

What is your stance on bandwidth caps, line throttling and traffic management?

I think to ensure better network performance for all users, all of those must be implemented. Sometimes when users see unlimited packages, they would like to abuse the network to use as much as possible, and it causes problems for other users too.

What are the trends in terms of data traffic and how is it affecting your network expansion plans?

Video is the main use of bandwidth for now. People have changed the way they see entertainment moving from traditional broadcast content to interactive video on demand content over internet. The total bandwidth uses more than doubles every year.

What are the biggest challenges you expect to be facing over the next 12 months?

Our main challenges are obtaining permits to deploy a new network and the creation of advanced mobile broadband technology that has very large bandwidth.

Why is your attendance at this event so important for you and your company and what aspects are you looking forward to most?

We’re looking to see new technologies and case studies and see where the market is going in the near future.

The Broadband ip&TV Asia 2012 conference is taking place on the 15th-16th May 2012, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Go to the website now to register your interest.

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