Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Minister of Communication and Information Technology Budi Arie Setiadi revealed the challenges in developing telecommunications infrastructure in the country. For this reason, collaboration and state intervention are needed to face this challenge and launch digital transformation.
The first challenge is Indonesia’s geographical condition as an archipelagic country, so that the distribution of society is uneven. This causes the demand or need for networks to be uneven and still concentrated on the island of Java.
This has an impact on the amount of investment that must be prepared for infrastructure development. The uneven distribution of the population also creates gaps in the economy and purchasing power in each region, especially the 3T (Frontier, Disadvantaged, Outermost) regions.
“Because development in these areas has big security challenges and greater investment because the area is large, the population is small, and purchasing power is still low. This requires state intervention to provide equal access for citizens in Indonesia,” he said in the Road to CNBC Indonesia Awards 2023 Best Tech and Telco Companies, Thursday (23/11/2023).
Collaboration with Internet Service Providers (ISP) is also needed, so that there is equal distribution of connectivity access throughout Indonesia.
“Even though the telecommunications sector has been privatized since 1999, the telecommunications sector has opened up business space for all business actors. However, the digital divide is still a challenge. The government needs to take action directly considering the development of telecommunications infrastructure in Indonesia,” explained Budi.
Until now, the government has made various efforts to achieve internet equality. One of them was the launch of the Republic of Indonesia-1 or SATRIA-1 Satellite some time ago.
The satellite, which was built by PT Satelit Nusantara Tiga (SNT) and assembled by Thales Alenia Space (TAS) in France, is predicted to equalize internet access in underdeveloped, frontier and outermost areas (3T).
“The launch of SATRIA-1 is aimed at accelerating and equalizing the internet throughout Indonesian society. SATRIA-1 which is launching will begin operating at the end and beginning of next year,” he said.
The government is also installing internet access at 4,000 locations in Indonesia, especially at schools and village government offices, to be able to access the connections produced by SATRIA-1.
“Apart from that, there will be a gradual distribution of 50 thousand free WiFi points over the next two years. Apart from that, the speed at each location in the blank spot will be increased to 4 mbps per point. This is an extraordinary leap for 3T areas,” Budi concluded.
Budi Arie Legal Minister of Communication and Information, This is the First Thing to Do