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Indonesia To Assist Fiji With Broadband Connectivity

Indonesia To Assist Fiji With Broadband Connectivity
Fiji Sun journalist Karalaini Tavi (seated left) with Indonesian Government officials and journalists from the South Pacific during the visit to Indonesia.
October 09
10:00 2018

Like Indonesia, Fiji is one country that faces the challenge of high costs associated with connecting islands together through broadband network.

In regards to this, the Indonesia Government is willing to share their knowledge on their high speed connectivity with countries like Fiji.

Speaking to 11 South Pacific journalists on Monday, Minster of Communication and Information Rudiantara said similarly to Indonesia, private sectors in Fiji might also have challenges due to high cost of connecting islands with broadband network.

“The challenge to build infrastructure in Indonesia is much bigger as compared to countries like Malaysia,” Mr Rudiantara told journalists at the Borobudur Hotel in Jarkata.

“Indonesia will be very happy to share our “know-how” with other countries, including Fiji.

“We believe that size does matter but practicing the right tuned polices and strategies are more powerful.”

Under the Palapa Ring Project in Papua which began this year, the Indonesian government Affirmative Policy will help accelerate the growth and enhance our economy, education, health and social activities by building broadband (high speed) internet backbone network to our rural areas.

The project is built by Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme is divided into three parts: West, Central, and East.

Eleven journalists from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Samoa, Nauru, Kiribati and Tonga were part of the South Pacific Journalist Visit programme organised by Indonesia’s Directorate Information and Communication for Political, Law and Security Affairs.

The programme aimed at connecting the Indonesian people with other countries through exchange of information.

During the eight-day programme which began on October 1, the journalists visited different cities in Indonesia, including Jakarta, Bali and Yogyakarta.

On the first day, the group visited the Net TV, one of 17 TV stations in Indonesia.

Established in 2013 by one of Indonesia’s greatest visionaries Wishnutama, the TV station was said to bring about a “media revolution” as a dedication for a better future.

The journalists were able to get a glimpse of how the young company was rated as one of the top ten TV stations in Indonesia.

The day ended with a visit to a unicorn company called Go-Jek.

Established in 2010, Go-Jek an application for online transportation, food delivery, logistics, payment, and daily services.

Feedback:  karalaini.tavi@fijisun.com.fj

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