All Cities To Have Internet Connectivity By 2019: Minister

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SUNDAY, 21 MAY, 2017 | 19:02 WIB

Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara has vowed to offer high-speed internet access to all capitals and regencies in Indonesia by 2019 through the provision of government facilities under the "Tol Informasi" program.

"In order to improve internet services, we are targeting to connect 500 capitals and regencies in the country with high-speed internet by 2019," he noted on Saturday.

Currently, the country is facing a challenge in the form of a large internet access gap between regions, in addition to several areas that are yet to have internet access.

Rudiantara cited the example of Java where internet speed is between three and four megabytes per second. Meanwhile, internet speed in Papua reaches only about 300 kilobytes per second, or one-tenth, not to mention that it comes at a steep price.

Hence, the government has initiated the "Tol Informasi" program aims to bridge the gap between islands through high-speed and relatively equal information access throughout the country.

The Palapa Ring project is one of the infrastructure programs to be developed to support such initiative, with focus on building optical fiber connectivity across Indonesias territories.

The project includes seven small fiber optic rings for Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Nusa Tenggara, Papua, Sulawesi, and Maluku as well as a "backhaul" or system to connect them all.

The Palapa Ring will help to build a broadband network for high-speed internet access in 57 cities and regencies that do not have it yet and connect 28 cities and regencies with existing connectivity.

"If the Palapa Ring becomes operational by 2019, the entire territory of Indonesia, from Sabang to Merauke as well as from Miangas to Rote, will be able to enjoy high-speed internet access. It will also elevate our position as the champion of the internet infrastructure similar to Singapore," Rudiantara noted.

https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/...o-Have-Internet-Connectivity-by-2019-Minister
 

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May 2015 Ookla Speedtest survey of average Internet speeds in Asia.

1. Singapore – 122.43 Mbps
2. Hong Kong – 102.96 Mbps
3. Japan – 82.12 Mbps
4. South Korea – 59.77 Mbps
5. Macau – 50.66 Mbps
6. Taiwan – 50.59 Mbps
7. Thailand – 19.82 Mbps
8. Mongolia – 17.92 Mbps
9. Vietnam – 17.70 Mbps
10. Bangladesh – 9.86 Mbps
11. Cambodia 9.04 Mbps
12. Nepal 8.63 Mbps
13. Brunei 7.99 Mbps
14. Bhutan – 7.82 Mbps
15. India 7.04 Mbps
16. Malaysia 7.03 Mbps
17. Laos 6.92 Mbps
18. Indonesia 6.68 Mbps
19. Myanmar 6.54 Mbps
20. Pakistan 4.00 Mbps
21. Philippines – 3.64 Mbps
22. Afghanistan – 2.52 Mbps
 

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Wonder how this is coming along?

I don't know anything about internet speeds outside of Bali, but in Bali we have seen increased speeds and infrastructure being built.

Near my area there will be soon a 2nd fiber optics provider, giving an alternative to indihome.
 

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As an aside: The word Palapa in Indonesia bears historical significance, one that every school child knows.

It refers to an oath made by Gajah Mada, the 14th century Prime Minister of Majahpahit. With it, he swore to abstain from eating spices (or fruits, depending on translation) until he has conquered Nusantara (an area more or less equivalent to Indonesia currently).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palapa_oath

Therefore the word Palapa symbolizes national unity. For example, the communication satellites launched during the Suharto era were all named Palapa. The purpose of which was to unite Indonesia via a communication link. Even today Indosat operates Palapa satellites.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palapa-D

Not surprising then that this project which is also a communication link around Indonesia bears the same name.
 

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President Jokowi inaugurated the Palapa Ring today, after having completed operational and commercial trials.

The project, which connects all of Indonesia's major cities to broadband internet backbone, is divided into 3 regions: West, Central and East. As expected, the eastern part of the project is the one with the most work, as infrastructure is generally much poorer in the east. The eastern part alone required almost 7,000 kilometers of fiber optics, around 4400 km of it underwater. It is also supported by 59 microwave radio towers, especially in the depths of Papua.

The whole project saw over 12,000 km of optical cable connected to 514 cities and regencies in Indonesia.


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Palapa Ring Network (https://www.baktikominfo.id/en)

https://katadata.co.id/berita/2019/...operasian-palapa-ring-internet-sumatera-papua

 

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Do any of you have current info. re: speeds and prices in Yogyakarta? ISPs advertise speeds (Kecepatan maksimal) , but what is the reality?

Thanks.
 

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Do any of you have current info. re: speeds and prices in Yogyakarta? ISPs advertise speeds (Kecepatan maksimal) , but what is the reality?

Thanks.

Well, the new Palapa Ring connection didn't change much in Java/Bali, as they already had existing backbone.

As far as "up to" speeds, they are very locality dependent. What happens is the ISP over sells capacity in an area and this causes slowdowns and never reaching the advertised speeds. For example, in my area in Bali I get pretty much the maximum advertised speed all the time. But friends in Denpasar often do not.
 

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