Indonesia has accomplished the last leg of a 13,000-km (8,080 miles) fiber-optic community that can bring the high-speed web to a few of its poorest areas within the nation’s east, together with the restive area of Papua, the government stated on Monday.
The cable to hold telecommunication, which works through land and under the ocean, as well as microwave transmissions and telco towers, cost 7.63 trillion rupiah ($540.18 million) to construct, based on a government web site on public-private partnerships.
The final leg referred to as the East Palapa Ring project consisted of a 6,878-km cable connecting Papua, some islands within the Maluku area, and East Nusa Tenggara, according to an announcement by the Cabinet Secretariat.
President Joko Widodo stated the project ought to present “a sense of justice” for Indonesians who live within the eastern part of the nation because they’ll be capable of accessing the web on a similar speed as others in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
The government accomplished the West Palapa Ring project overlaying the western half of the nation in March 2018, whereas construction for similar infrastructure within the center of Indonesia was completed earlier this year.
“This could strengthen our trade, connecting small and medium enterprises’ products to nationwide, even international networks,” Widodo mentioned in an announcement, calling the project a “highway in the sky.”
The president urged Indonesians not to use the web to spread fake information and hate speech.
Widodo didn’t check with any specific incident. However, Papua, which encompasses Indonesia’s two easternmost provinces, has seen an upsurge in protests and unrest for weeks. The government curbed the web temporarily in response.
Security forces mentioned the most lethal incident, throughout which 33 individuals had been killed within the town of Wamena on Sept. 23, was triggered by a hoax about racial slurs made against students by a teacher.