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Jakarta Post

Indonesia pilots high-speed internet in East Nusa Tenggara

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

East Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara   /   Sat, December 21, 2019   /   01:54 pm
Indonesia pilots high-speed internet in East Nusa Tenggara Padar Island, Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (./.)

Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate on Friday visited public facilities that have been equipped with high-speed internet in three regencies in East Nusa Tenggara.

The ministry’s pilot projects in the province are part of the Telecommunication and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI), a program for advancing information technology in the country’s remote and disadvantaged regions.  

The government installed high-speed internet access in Reo Port and Pius XII Seminary in East Manggarai and a public health center in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai. At the port and the seminary, the internet speed has reached 8 megabites per second (Mbps) since the project started, while at the health center, the government installed 4G internet for health services.  

The minister visited the locations on Friday and was to visit Sumba Island on Saturday to see the construction of a fiberoptic network that is being developed to connect the island to Rote. Sumba and Rote are among the country’s southernmost islands.  

“I would like to monitor the Palapa Ring project from Sumba to Rote. We will make sure the project will carry on until 2024 to accelerate communications development in this region,” the minister said at the seminary on Friday.

The Palapa Ring is a fiberoptic development program that is to provide high-speed internet to connect all corners of the country.  (trn)