The Jakarta Post
Drini Beach in Gunung Kidul regency, Yogyakarta. (Shutterstock/File)
The administration of Yogyakarta's Gunung Kidul regency is planning to provide internet access in all the villages in the region, as well as free Wi-Fi access at several tourist attractions.
"Three tourist attractions may have free Wi-Fi installed this year. We will coordinate with the Tourism Agency for the installation later," said Kelik Yuniantoro, the head of information services for the Gunung Kidul Communications and Information Agency, as quoted by kompas.com.
The agency also plans to install free internet facilities with a 10 megabit-per-second (Mbps) bandwidth capacity in every village hall in Gunung Kidul.
However, the supporting facilities, such as signal towers, would be set up by each village.
"For the equipment to be provided by the village, it would cost at most about Rp 20 million [US$1,419]. For installation and other things, we will cover them," Kelik said.
While some areas across Gunung Kidul still do not have access to internet signals, Kelik said the government is focusing on free internet as a way to maximize the potential of micro, small and medium enterprises.
"Currently there are 40 villages with free internet and free Wi-Fi facilities. Our target this year is for 144 villages to be able to access these services. The aim is to build smart cities and smart cities must be able to realize the Gunung Kidul regent's vision and mission to advance the tourism sector, "said Kelik.
Gunung Kidul Tourism Agency secretary Hary Sukmono said he welcomed the plans.
"We hope it can be installed in locations with poor signals in order to support tourism development, not only affecting the number of visits but also promotion and marketing," Hary said. (liz/kes)