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Credit: Ministry of Communications and Informatics

Credit: Ministry of Communications and Informatics

Indonesians from Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Maluku can access fast internet by end September

An announcement made by the Ministry of Communications and Informatics highlighted that the residents of Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Maluku can access fast internet by the end of September 2018 because he guarantees the completion of the central package by that time.

The Palapa Ring project is guaranteed to be finished by September 2018 according to Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara.

In a written statement issued on 27 May 2018, he said, “I will make sure that the entire Palapa Ring program package is completed by the end of 2018. In this case, the central package of the Palapa Ring can be completed in August 2018 and then stability tests will be conducted until September.”

Palapa Ring is a fibre optic network built across the stretch of Indonesia in order to improve the operational quality of the telecommunication networks. It is divided into three packages: the west package, the central package, and the east package. The central package, which is slated to be completed by September 2018, covers 17 cities and districts in East Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi and North Maluku provinces.

Once the Palapa Ring package is completed, Rudiantara ensures that the communities within the area targeted by the package can enjoy better internet network quality. 

The Palapa Ring is divided into three packages. They are:

(1)    West package – this package covers Riau and Riau Islands (up to Natuna Island) with a total length of fibre optic cable about 2,000 kilometres. This is being built in consortium with PT Palapa Ring Barat. Project implementation will cover five districts and cities.

(2)    Central package – as mentioned earlier, covers 17 cities and districts in East Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi and North Maluku provinces. This is being built in consortium with PT Len Telekomunikasi Indonesia. The total length of fibre optic cable is approximately 2,700 kilometres.

(3)    East package – this package covers East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, West Papua, and Papua up to the interior of Papua with total length of about 6,300 kilometres of fibre optic cable. This is being built in consortium with PT Palapa Timur Telematika. The project convers construction in 35 districts and cities.

Aside from providing support to the community, this broadband internet access network will also provide support for the operations of the local government services and its economic activities, making them more effective and efficient. 

The Palapa Ring is among the priority agenda within a large program of the Ministry of Communications and Informatics addressing broadband connectivity. This program is a key infrastructure in the development of 4G network services. The development of such will foster economic dynamics and increase community welfare. It will also contribute to reducing open unemployment.

At a rate 1% fixed broadband penetration, it is expected to that the unemployment rate will go down by 8.6%. 

An earlier announcement was released detailing on how the Palapa Ring Project was one of the national projects stipulated in Presidential Decree No. 3 of 2016. It is a part of the Government’s Universal Service Obligation (USO) to ensure telecommunications and informatics to the public. The announcement highlighted that the project aims to connect all districts and cities in Indonesia, even those which are located in areas where it might not be commercially viable for telecom operators to lay cables.

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