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Jakarta Post

Hello from the other side: 75 years of connecting the archipelago

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 20, 2020   /  04:30 pm
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Poor connection: Biology teacher Wahyu Adi Prasetyo (left) and English teacher Rantiyani use their smartphones to teach virtually in a so-called 'taman tunanetra' (blind park) managed by the Raudlatul Makfufin Foundation in South Tangerang, Banten, on Monday. Stable and affordable internet access is a major barrier for online learning in Indonesia.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

“Documenting 75 years of resilience” is a series of special reports by The Jakarta Post to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day, August 17, 1945. As the biggest archipelagic country in the world, a connection between islands is essential for the country’s development. The telecommunications sector in the country has enjoyed massive progress, despite the challenges in access, inclusivity and high costs. In the 1980s, there was only one fixed-telephone subscriber for every 400 inhabitants in the country, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) data show. Fast forward four decades later and the number of internet users in the country has reached 175.4 million, making Indonesia one of the countries with the largest number of internet users globally, according to the DataReportal January 2020 report. “It was an investment-heavy an...