Indonesia completes fiber-optic network to bring internet to remote east (REUTERS)

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo speaks at the Istana in SingaporeIndonesia’s President Joko Widodo speaks at the Istana in Singapore
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The cable to carry telecommunication, which goes via land and under the sea, as well as microwave transmissions and telco towers, cost 7.63 trillion rupiah ($540.18 million) to build, according to a government website on public private partnerships.

The final leg, called the East Palapa Ring project, consisted of a 6,878-km cable connecting Papua, some islands in the Maluku region and East Nusa Tenggara, according to a statement by the Cabinet Secretariat.

President Joko Widodo said the project should provide “a sense of justice” for Indonesians who live in the eastern part of the country, because they will be able to access internet with the same speed as others in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

The government completed the West Palapa Ring project covering the western half of the country in March 2018, while construction for similar infrastructure in the center of Indonesia was finished earlier this year.

“This should strengthen our trade, connecting small and medium enterprises’ products to national, even global networks,” Widodo said in a statement, calling the project a “highway in the sky”.

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14 October 2019

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