The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta administration has launched a free WiFi program, dubbed JakWifi, to facilitate online learning and support the provision of government services.
The program aims to optimize internet connections at 2,619 hotspots and provide 1,200 more hotspots in densely populated residential areas in North Jakarta, Central Jakarta, West Jakarta, East Jakarta and South Jakarta and Thousand Islands regency.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said internet access had become a daily necessity for all households, especially during the pandemic when people have been forced to work and study remotely.
“The crisis has given us an opportunity to accelerate digital transformation. We hope people will not only use the free internet access to access information but also to create information, or become content creators,” Anies said during the launch on Friday.
He also expressed his hope that the free WiFi program would help address the issues presented by online learning, including unequal access to internet access.
JakWifi is a collaboration between the city administration, telecommunication infrastructure provider PT Bali Towerindo and the Telecommunications Network Providers Association (APJATEL).