JAKARTA, NNC - Industry association and information technology observer are urging the government to prioritize the development of internet infrastructure to actualize digital revolution by accelerating the development of fiber-optic networks.
“Fiber-optics network is like a toll road, the Palapa Ring is not enough, it's the backbone, it needs fishbone to reach out to the buildings. Therefore, the acceleration is through fiber-optic, licensing and support in the region," said Lukman Adjam, Chairman of the Association of Telecommunication Network Providers (APJATEL).
"Lukman hopes the momentum of World Internet Day becomes the government's priority point to reorganize the internet infrastructure in Indonesia.
"The role of the Internet is increasingly important now that the world is turning towards digital economy," he said.
Actually, the government already has a broadband program in Presidential Decree No. 96 of 2014, as a result of the agreement of stakeholders in the ICT industry at that time. "However, it was the current program of the previous administration, our hope is that this is also a priority of President Jokowi," he said.
According to Lukman, Presidential Decree No. 96 of 2014 has been targeted for the development of ICT industry infrastructure until 2019. For mobile-based infrastructure, by 2019 it has to cover 100 percent of urban areas with a capacity of 1 Mbps, while 71 percent for fixed broadband reach households with a capacity of 20 Mbps.
While in rural areas, the 2019 target in the Keppres is mobile broadband can reach 100 percent with 512 Kbps capacity and 49 percent rural household with a capacity of 10 Mbps.
However, the current achievement on a national average of new mobile broadband is 93 percent. All major cities are already covered 3G mobile network, while the district level has 98 percent covered 3G mobile network.
While the 4G mobile broadband network in the new city 40 percent, in the countryside it is only 14 percent.
In line with Lukman, ICT practitioner and observer Hermawan Sutanto assessed that the acceleration of Internet infrastructure development in Indonesia should be encouraged to improve national competitiveness.
"For comparison, the average internet speed in Indonesia is 6.4 Mbps, still far from broadband speed in Korea which leads with 26.3 Mbps," he said.
When all infrastructure development is complete, people across Indonesia will be connected via the internet only via smartphones, he added, as reported by Antara.