It has been a while since we last reported on developments surrounding the Palapa Ring project, one of Indonesia's priority infrastructure projects in the 2016-2019 period. The Palapa Ring, which involves an undersea fiber-optic cable network that stretches across 13,000 kilometers as well as an onshore network of nearly 22,000 kilometers, will provide fast broadband Internet to Indonesians in both the urban and rural areas across the country. Once completed, all Indonesian districts (kabupaten) are connected through fiber-optic communication.
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Rudiantara, Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information, targets to see the availability of 4G networks across all Indonesian cities and districts by the year 2019. That year the government's Palapa Ring project is planned to be completed. This project, involving an undersea fiber-optic cable network that stretches across 13,000 km and an onshore network of nearly 22,000 km, will provide fast broadband Internet to Indonesians in the urban and rural areas.
Although advanced markets have already been enjoying 4G technology (short for fourth generation) for a couple of years, Indonesia is still in the middle of developing and expanding its 4G network across the archipelago. This context implies that Indonesia's telecommunication tower providers have ample opportunity for growth, supported by rising smartphone penetration. Within the next five years, the smartphone penetration rate of Indonesia is estimated to grow from 37 percent to 50 percent.
As Indonesia is expanding its high-speed 4G mobile broadband network across the archipelago - meaning that more and more Indonesians will be connected to the Internet - the online mobile games industry has ample room for growth in Southeast Asia's largest economy. According to Netherlands-based Newzoo, a global market research and predictive analytics firm (with a main focus on games), revenue in the mobile games industry of Indonesia is expected to grow over 45 percent annually during the next couple of years.
Lukita Dinarsyah, Deputy Minister at Indonesia’s Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), said that Indonesia requires at least IDR 278 trillion (USD $23.2 billion) worth of investments to build supporting infrastructure for faster Internet connectivity across the country. Enhanced Internet connectivity is one of the tools to support faster economic growth. Dinarsyah cited a study that claims that with every ten percent growth in Internet users the economy expands by an additional 1.2 to 1.4 percent.
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While Indonesia is currently in the middle of expanding its 4G network, the nation remains placed among the countries that have the poorest Internet penetration rate in the world. A recent World Bank report, titled 'World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends', zooms in on the economic and social impact that occurs when a relative large part of the population cannot be connected to the Internet or when the government fails to keep pace with the growth of technology.
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