Digital Connectivity in Papua and West Papua Accelerated

goodmorningpapua.com – The Ministry of Communication and Information (Kemenkominfo) through the Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) is working on a digital connectivity program, especially in the frontier, outermost, underdeveloped (3T) areas, including in Papua and West Papua Provinces.

A Head of BAKTI’s Lastmile Backhaul Infrastructure Division, Feriandi Mirza, stated that for these 2 provinces, they have quick action plans focusing on building the East Palapa Ring backbone network, 4G BTS, and internet access. In the future, it will be more complete with the presence of the SATRIA multifunction satellite and digital ecosystem solutions for the development of local human resources.

“The East Palapa Ring built along 7003 km carries microwave radio technology for mountainous areas and fiber optics on land and sea. This combination of technology is applied considering Papua’s very diverse natural conditions with land area and many high mountains. Currently the Palapa Ring network has gone through 41 cities/regencies in Papua and West Papua provinces,” he said in a written statement, Thursday (9/12).

He added, related to BTS infrastructure development, BAKTI will build 5,204 4G BTS in these two provinces during 2021-2022 that is divided into 3 development packages. This program has greatly boosted the availability of BTS, which previously only 457 BTS in the entire Papua region. The total budget provided in 2021 specifically for the construction of BTS reaches 11-12 trillion rupiah, which is sourced from BNBP (non-BLU non-tax state revenue) funding and pure rupiah.

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