Indonesia brings high-speed Internet to remote eastern provinces

Indonesia Brings High-speed Internet To Remote Eastern Provinces

Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo on October 14 announced the completion of the last leg of a 13,000-kilometer fiber-optic network designed to bring high-speed Internet to some of the most remote and poorest regions in the country’s east, including the restive region of Papua.

The communication network, dubbed Palapa Ring, which goes via land and under the sea and also uses microwave transmissions links and telecom towers, cost around $540 to build in a private-public partnership.

“From the westernmost parts of Indonesia, Sabang, to the easternmost, Merauke, and to Miangas in the north and Rote in the south, Indonesia is now fully digitally connected,” Widodo said.

“This should strengthen our trade, connecting small and medium enterprises’ products to national, even global networks,” he added.

Indonesia Brings High-speed Internet To Remote Eastern Provinces

With Indonesia having the world’s seventh largest number of Internet users, currently at a whopping 84 million, this news is certainly music to many e-commerce players.

According to the e-Conomy SEA 2019 report released by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company, Southeast Asia has hit its $100 billion mark in digital revenues and the numbers are only expected to go higher.

Leading the region are Indonesia and Vietnam who’ve been growing by a whopping 40 per cent on an annual basis. By 2025, the online market value of the region would exceed $300 billion, the study assumes.

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Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo on October 14 announced the completion of the last leg of a 13,000-kilometer fiber-optic network designed to bring high-speed Internet to some of the most remote and poorest regions in the country’s east, including the restive region of Papua. The communication network, dubbed Palapa Ring, which goes via land and under the sea and also uses microwave transmissions links and telecom towers, cost around $540 to build in a private-public partnership. “From the westernmost parts of Indonesia, Sabang, to the easternmost, Merauke, and to Miangas in the north and Rote in the south, Indonesia is now...

Indonesia Brings High-speed Internet To Remote Eastern Provinces

Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo on October 14 announced the completion of the last leg of a 13,000-kilometer fiber-optic network designed to bring high-speed Internet to some of the most remote and poorest regions in the country’s east, including the restive region of Papua.

The communication network, dubbed Palapa Ring, which goes via land and under the sea and also uses microwave transmissions links and telecom towers, cost around $540 to build in a private-public partnership.

“From the westernmost parts of Indonesia, Sabang, to the easternmost, Merauke, and to Miangas in the north and Rote in the south, Indonesia is now fully digitally connected,” Widodo said.

“This should strengthen our trade, connecting small and medium enterprises’ products to national, even global networks,” he added.

Indonesia Brings High-speed Internet To Remote Eastern Provinces

With Indonesia having the world’s seventh largest number of Internet users, currently at a whopping 84 million, this news is certainly music to many e-commerce players.

According to the e-Conomy SEA 2019 report released by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company, Southeast Asia has hit its $100 billion mark in digital revenues and the numbers are only expected to go higher.

Leading the region are Indonesia and Vietnam who’ve been growing by a whopping 40 per cent on an annual basis. By 2025, the online market value of the region would exceed $300 billion, the study assumes.

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