Indonesia cooperates with Japan to provide high-speed internet up to 100 Gbps for 83 universities in Indonesia, represented by Universitas Brawijaya (UB), and the Indonesian Research and Education Network (IDREN) community.
In this agreement, the Japanese government is represented by the Arterial Research and Educational Network in the Asia Pacific (ARENA-PAC). Meanwhile, Indonesia is represented by Universitas Brawijaya (UB), and Indonesia Research and Education Network (IDREN).
The MoU signing was carried out on the G20 Digital Economy Ministers Meeting sideline at The Mulia, Nusa Dua, Bali, on Wednesday night (21/8/2022). The signing was witnessed by the Minister of Communication and Information (Menkominfo) Johnny G Plate and the Minister for Digital Transformation of Japan Kono Taro.
Johnny said the development of the 100 Gbps high-speed network would be used for research and education activities.
“The 100 Gbps ARENA-PAC network connects IDREN with UB as the gateway, via Guam to Tokyo and also to several other locations. This network is a big leap for Indonesia, with 100 times faster speed than the network connects Indonesia to research and education networks. Today, with a gate located at ITB,” said Johnny when delivering his remarks after witnessing the signing of the MoU.
With this network, he continued, 82 more universities and various research institutions that are currently connected to IDREN will be able to exchange data faster with other research and education institutions abroad and have private facilities to experiment in the network.
Activities carried out in the IDREN community include sharing access to high-performance computing facilities and distributed data between campuses/research institutions through network infrastructure and expansion of network connectivity.
They will collaborate with various Internet service providers and medical education activities by broadcasting surgery live from the operating room to doctors and medical students using high-definition video streaming.
“This increase in speed is expected to further encourage this kind of activity, which will increase Indonesia’s capabilities and contribution in the world of research and education, in addition to accelerating digital transformation in these two fields,” said Johnny.
The Chancellor of Brawijaya University, Widodo said, the 100 Gbps line that will be developed is a hundred times faster than the current Indonesian REN to the current global REN.
“And this is certainly an important milestone for UB and research and education institutions in Indonesia. All of these are opportunities as well as very valuable challenges for us to accelerate digital transformation in all fields, especially for research and education which provides opportunities for Merdeka Learning activities at Merdeka Campus (MBKM) with IDREN,” he said.
ARENA-PAC Co-Director Jun Murai said the 100 Gbps network to IDREN, namely Indonesia’s research and education network, created a great history for the future, not only for Indonesia but also for the Asia-Pacific region for academics for the sake of a resilient society.
“I hope this network contributes through cooperation between Indonesia and other Asia-Pacific countries, as well as the rest of the world to create a better future,” he said.
Meanwhile, the chairman of IDREN Achmad Affandi revealed, that IDREN (Indonesia Research and Education Network) is trying to encourage collaboration in education and research through high-speed data communication networks in Indonesia.