KONTAN.CO.ID – JAKARTA . The tower issuer, PT Dayamitra Telekomunikasi Tbk ( MTEL ) or Mitratel plans to transform into a digital infrastructure company . One of them is by developing a fiber optic network.
Mitratel Investment Director Hendra Purnama explained that Mitratel plans to build an ecosystem as a digital infrastructure company , not just a tower company.
This year, a subsidiary of PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk introduced a new product, namely fiber optics. Hendra said this segment was chosen because it was an important element in the development of the 5G network.
“For this year’s target, we mentioned the guidelines reaching 6,000 km, but the demand for fiber optic is very high,” explained Hendra in a virtual discussion held by Henan Putihrai Sekuritas, Tuesday (5/7).
He said that in the first quarter of this year, Mitratel has pocketed a fiber optic contract of 2,117 kilometers (km). Therefore, it is currently conducting a review.
“We are currently reviewing it and we will announce it again. We are planning to revise our target to be even higher. We will be more aggressive,” he said.
Indeed, the EBITDA margin, continued Hendra, will not be as high as the tower. However, the prospect of fiber optic development is quite good in the market to support 5G. In a previous report, Hendra explained that all the fiber optics currently being built are orders from mobile network operator (MNO) aka cellular operator.
To build the optical fiber, Mitratel has prepared a capital expenditure allocation ( capex) of around Rp 500 billion. In total, the capex allocation for 2022 is IDR 9.9 trillion.
Currently, the optical fiber is being built in North Sumatra, DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, West Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, Bali and the Riau Islands.
Saat ini, fiber optik tersebut tengah dibangun di Sumatra Utara, DKI Jakarta, Jawa Barat, Jawa Tengah, Jawa Timur, Kalimantan Barat, Sulawesi Utara, Sulawesi Barat, Sulawesi Selatan, Bali, dan Kepulauan Riau.
Reporter: Yuliana Hema | Editor: Handoyo .