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Jakarta Post

Internet that unites

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, October 16 2019   /  01:00 am

Monday’s launch of the Palapa Ring’s eastern package completes the overall Rp 21.63 trillion (US$ 1.5 billion) broadband infrastructure development project across the archipelago with coverage up to the outermost parts of the country. It is long-overdue good news in the pursuit of more equitable access to information and for internet-enabled economic opportunities for all Indonesians.As Indonesia inches closer to becoming Southeast Asia’s largest digital economy with a market value tripling to $130 billion by 2025 from the current value, growth is still centered on urban cities with burgeoning demand for e-commerce products and ride-hailing services. In remote areas, and sometimes not so remote, the internet connection remains patchy and even nonexistent, causing a digital divide that has become a new source of inequality in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.Around 65 percent of I...