Indonesia preps digital connectivity P3

The Indonesian government is beginning the preparation of the next phase of the Palapa Ring Integration fibre optic network, which will be delivered under a PPP model.

Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G. Plate, has announced that the scheme has now completed the feasibility study that began in 2020 and is entering the project preparation phase.

Under the plans, a private partner will deliver 11,610km covering 78 districts in 14 provinces. The project, which builds on the first phase of the initiative that was completed in 2019, will consist of 8,601km land cables, 3,009km sea cables and 46 hops radio links.

The government is aiming to have the network operational in 2025.

“It is hoped that [the project] can increase the utilisation of the existing Palapa Ring, [and] accelerate the increase in regional Gross Domestic Product,” said Plate.