Indonesia finishes ‘East Palapa Ring’ project, to provide internet to remote places

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Indonesia finishes ‘East Palapa Ring’ project, to provide internet to remote places

Indonesia has finally completed its East Palapa Ring project, a fiber-optic network that will provide an internet connection to remote regions in the east of the country.

The government of Indonesia announced on Monday that the cable to carry telecommunication, covering land and under the sea including microwave transmissions and telecommunication towers amounting to 7.63 trillion rupiahs ($540.18 million).

The internet project consisted of 6,878-km cable connecting Papua as well as some islands in the Maluku region and East Nusa Tenggara as mentioned by the Cabinet Secretariat.

“This should strengthen our trade, connecting small and medium enterprises’ products to national, even global networks,” Widodo said.

The Indonesian president urged its citizens not to use the internet to spread fake news and hate speech. Though speaking without directing it to a particular community, two of Indonesia’s provinces has seen an upsurge in protests and unrest for weeks.

The government blocked internet access temporarily as a countermeasure.

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