Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is aiming to provide all areas and regions with a 4G network in Indonesia within the next two years.
Director-General of the Ministry’s Information and Communications Agency Widodo Muktiyo emphasized how digital acceleration has happened in the country stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
“We expect to see tremendous growth this year and next year, and even up to 2022. The goal is that matters related to the provision of equal access to a 4G network in Indonesia will be resolved by 2022.”
Currently, there are 83,218 villages/subdistricts in the country, however, as many as 12,548 of them remain unconnected to any 4G network.
Widodo explained that areas that fall in the ‘3T’ areas have especially been most left behind by Indonesia's digital transformation.
“3T” refers to areas that are frontier, outermost, and underdeveloped in which the Indonesian government is responsible for providing a 4G network in 9,113 areas.
“We will work on it throughout 2021 and 2022 including in the 3T zone where there are 3,345 villages/sub-districts. This continues to be a common problem.”
To successfully realize the plans of making available 4G networks in Indonesia, Widodo said that the ministry has been working closely with the Indonesian House of Representatives Commission I on matters relating to the allocation of infrastructure funding to support Indonesia's digital transformation.
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