Indonesia steadfast in fight for connectivity for ITU members

Indonesia is committed to supporting universal and useful connectivity

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – Indonesia remains steadfast in its fight for universal and beneficial connectivity for all citizens of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member countries.

“Indonesia is committed to supporting universal and useful connectivity,” Minister of Communications and Informatics Johnny G. Plate said at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 (PP 22) in Bucharest, Romania, as per the ministry’s press release on Wednesday quoted.

Universal and useful connectivity matters amidst a dynamic world facing a new future for recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Today we are working towards this goal because it contributes to the achievement of the strategic goals of the ITU and the Connect 2030 agenda,” explained Plate.

This is the right time to reduce the digital divide in the world as the rise in internet usage continues to occur, the minister said.

The minister also reiterated that the development of information and communication technology infrastructure in Indonesia aims to reduce the digital divide.

Indonesia is currently laying 460,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable on land and under water to connect unconnected points.

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Indonesia has also completed around 65 percent of the target of building 4G Base Transceiver Station (BTS) towers to meet the needs of thousands of villages in non-commercial or border areas, outermost regions and disadvantaged areas (3T) cover up.

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“In the second quarter of 2023 next year, we will launch two units of High Throughput Geo Earth Orbit Satellite with a capacity of 150 Gbps to support Internet access in more than 150,000 public facilities in the 3T range,” Plate noted.

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With the large-scale development of ICT infrastructure, the minister is optimistic that Indonesia could help facilitate access for 2.7 billion people who are not yet connected to the internet.

The PP-22 conference is the highest decision-making body of the ITU. The high-level meeting was attended by 193 member countries who wanted to agree on the ITU’s strategic and financial plans, leadership and directions for the next four years.

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