Sacofa Sdn Bhd faces a challenge in dealing with the Indonesian authorities over its undersea fibre optic cable located off Anambas and Natuna islands in the Indonesian province of Riau. The government there has raised national security issues.
Sacofa, which did not get the renewal of a permit to operate the cable after it expired last Nov 26, resumed operating the installation from March 23, according to a Jakarta Post report dated April 7.
However, Indonesia’s military chief General Gatot Nurmantyo, who visited Anambas last Wednesday, ordered the closure of the entire cable project, reiterating the Indonesian government’s concerns over national security.
He claimed that the cables and servers, connected to a satellite, could sense all vibrations from the sea surface or submarines if upgraded.