Government’s Satellite-Based Internet Initiative Reaches 14,546 Remote Locations

Satellite-Based Internet
Government's Satellite-Based Internet Initiative Reaches 14,546 Remote Locations

Efforts to ensure equal access to the internet in remote regions remain a top priority for the Indonesian government. Recently, the Telecommunication and Information Accessibility Agency (Bakti) took a significant step forward by providing satellite-based internet to 14,546 locations in 2023. This initiative aims to bridge the digital gap by extending connectivity to areas previously underserved.

Spearheading this initiative is Sri Sanggrama Aradea, the Head of the Satellite Infrastructure Division of BAKTI Kominfo. Aradea highlighted the ongoing efforts of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) through Bakti since 2015.

Various programs have been implemented to deliver telecommunication services to government agencies and communities in remote areas, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility.

The infrastructure programs undertaken by Bakti encompass a range of initiatives, including the Palapa Ring project and the establishment of national optical fiber networks.

These efforts are complemented by the provision of internet access through public service initiatives and the deployment of Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) USO and BTS 4G. By diversifying the means of connectivity, Bakti aims to maximize accessibility for all citizens.

In addition to terrestrial networks, satellite telecommunication services play a crucial role in extending connectivity to remote areas. Bakti has invested in satellite capacity services to support its various programs, including Bakti Aksi and Bakti Sinyal.

The deployment of the Government Multifunction Satellite (Satelit Republik Indonesia -1) further enhances coverage and reliability, ensuring connectivity reaches even the most remote corners of the archipelago.

Aradea emphasized the tangible impact of these efforts, with over 14,000 internet access points established by the end of 2023. These locations serve a diverse range of needs, including government services, education, healthcare, and community centers. By democratizing access to information and services, Bakti is empowering communities and fostering socio-economic development.

Furthermore, Bakti has expanded its reach through the establishment of BTS service locations, totaling 6,672 sites across the country. These BTS facilities, including both USO and new scheme deployments, are strategically positioned to optimize coverage and connectivity, particularly in eastern Indonesia where access has traditionally been limited.

Addressing the prospect of Starlink’s operations in Indonesia, Aradea expressed optimism about its potential to enhance connectivity. However, he stressed the importance of compliance with local regulations to ensure seamless integration with existing infrastructure and adherence to national standards.

The government’s commitment to bridging the digital divide extends beyond technological solutions. It is a testament to Indonesia’s dedication to inclusive development and ensuring that all citizens, regardless of their geographic location, have access to the opportunities afforded by the digital age. Through continued collaboration and innovation with satellite-based internet, Indonesia aims to create a more connected and prosperous future for all.