Acceleration of the Creative Economy, West Papua Will Have Internet Access as Fast as Western Indonesia

Menteri Komunikasi dan Informatika Rudiantara (tengah) didampingi Direktur Jendral Sumber Daya dan Perangkat Pos dan Informatika Ismail dan Dirjen Penyelenggaraan Pos dan Informatika Ahmad M. Ramli menyampaikan paparan kinerja empat tahun Kemkominfo pada pemerintahan Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla, di Jakarta, Kamis (25/10/2018). - JIBI/Felix Jody Kinarwan

West Papua is claimed to have the same internet access as in the western part of Indonesia in mid-2019, one of which aims to increase creative economic growth.

Minister of Communication and Information, Rudiantara, is optimistic that this will be achieved because the Palapa Ring project is heading towards the final stage of completion. The Palapa Ring project or backbone optical fiber network is one of the affirmative information and communication technology policies to support the development of Indonesia’s creative and digital economy.

He added that by mid-2019, more than 500 regency capitals and major cities across Indonesia’s major islands will be connected to national and global high-speed internet backbone networks.

“The Palapa Ring project lays the foundation for high-speed broadband that is important for the development of Indonesia’s creative and digital economy,” Rudiantara said on Wednesday (11/07/2018).

It will also increase the growth of online sales through the provision of 1 million free .id domain names and 1 year free hosting for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) actors.

By 2020, there are 8 million targeted MSMEs in Indonesia. At present, the realization has touched 82%.

“We are working with the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs, we make the SMEs Go Online program. Together with the ecosystem, especially the types of e-commerce on the market,” he continued.

The Digital Talent Program will also be conducted soon to train technology and informatics skills in Indonesia. In 2019, there are targeted 20,000 individuals who receive the training.

This program is a two-month non-degree program organized in collaboration with 20 Indonesian universities and global digital companies, with the aim of providing certification for individuals in the field of big data analysis, Artificial Intelligence (AI), cyber security, cloud computing, robotics, and business digital.

Indonesia will also continue to accelerate new startups to continue to grow. Currently, Indonesia has 4 of the 7 unicorns in Asean, namely Gojek, Tokopedia, Traveloka, and Bukalapak.

The new startup will be reunited with the unicorn in the Nexticorn program.

“The government must also advance their role, not only as a facilitator, but also as an accelerator. “We provide relationships for new startups to become new unicorns,” explained Rudiantara.


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