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Credit: Ministry of Communication and Informatics

Credit: Ministry of Communication and Informatics

Eastern Indonesia to gain internet access with development in telecommunication infrastructure

According to the announcement made by the Ministry of Communications and Informatics, Eastern Indonesia will also be gaining access to the internet, just like the people from Western Indonesia, as the government’s commitment to provide infrastructure and telecommunication will soon be implemented in the region.

The commitment of the government to provide infrastructure development including telecommunications will soon be realised for Eastern Indonesia.

Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara explained the vision of the Government to connect all Indonesians to the internet, "I promise that by 2019 everyone must be connected with this highway.”

He also reassured the people of Eastern Indonesia, during a working visit to Central Rote, Kab. Rote Ndao, East Nusa Tenggara that they will also be able to take advantage of fast internet connection the same way as the western part of Indonesia.

He added that the government has the policy of alignment which will build internet access for all citizens of Indonesia. This is to address also the non-commercial areas where the priority is education.

“There are 2,700 internet access points so far, including schools. Of the total count of 226,000 junior high schools and high schools, there are still 80,000 schools that are not yet connected,” he explained.

In order to ensure that internet can be accessed more quickly, Minister Rudiantara shared that telecommunications satellites with new technology would be used.

He said, "Well, we are currently preparing the latest satellite which is expected to be finished by the end of the 2018 or early 2019. Once completed, it will be launched and operated with the hopes that no later than 2022, all schools will be granted access having a speed five times more than the current.”

Utilising high speed internet access to advance education in Indonesia is essential in strengthening the human resources that are currently studying in school. He envisions that everyone will be able to access the internet and not just those who have the ability to do so.

Minister Rudiantara also targets the 20,000 villages that are currently without access to the internet to be connected by 2020.

He added, “So that later on, paper will no longer be used in doing reports in the office. Instead, people will be using the internet. Everyone across Indonesia should be connected.”

Aside from the satellite that will be providing internet connection, Minister Rudiantara explained that the Palapa Ring will also be assisting inter-village connections. The Palapa Ring is built with 250 kilometres of cable network and over 1000 kilometres of landline cables and microwaves.

He added, “The name of the Palapa ring in itself came from the promise of Gajah Mada, his Palapa Oath. With the name Palapa, we aim to take the spirit to unite Indonesia. The target is for it to be completed and operational by 2019.”

Five BTS towers are also under construction to for the Rote Ndao community. This is to ascertain that there will be internet access even if the Palapa Ring project is not yet finished. The 2700 internet access points were made possible by BTS towers. He also promised that developments will not stop and they will continue to find ways to provide internet access.

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