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Telkom expands Internet network in eastern Indonesia

State-owned telecommunications provider PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is expanding its Internet network in eastern Indonesia by installing a fiber optic ribbon cable system, namely the Sulawesi Maluku Papua Cable System (SMPCS), in Manokwari, Papua.

“Up to now data connectivity in certain areas such as those in eastern Indonesia has not yet been supplied optimally. Therefore, on Sunday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated the infrastructure installation project,” Telkom president director Alex J.Sinaga said as quoted by Antara in a press statement in Surabaya on Monday.

He said the SMPCS was a fiber optic network with a total length of 8,772 kilometers, which connected Maluku, Papua and Sulawesi regions.

“The construction of the SMPCS sea cable is a sign of Telkom’s commitment to playing an active role in developing Indonesia’s telecommunication infrastructure along with Point Six of the Nawacita [Jokowi’s nine-point development program],” said Alex.

He added that with the new infrastructure, Indonesia’s development and economic growth acceleration could be realized through a more balanced distribution of information and communication from the western to eastern areas of the country.

“This step is in line with Point Three of the Nawacita, namely developing Indonesia starting from its peripheral areas by strengthening villages and remote areas in the spirit of upholding the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia [NKRI],” said Alex.

He said he was optimistic that the SMPCS would expand connectivity and improve data service capacity in areas that up to now had not yet been supplied optimally. The SMPCS was important to increase broadband access to all circles of society, he added.

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