Padang - To be free of internet and telecommunications signals in the foremost, outermost and disadvantaged regions in Indonesia, the Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Communication and Information (Kemenkominfo) in collaboration with the Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) ensures that it will lease satellites to accelerate development.
"The acceleration of telecommunication development in the 3T area in West Sumatra does not have to wait for its own satellites. The Ministry of Communication and Information and BAKTI agreed to rent satellites to accelerate development in order to encourage economic activity," Minister of Communication and Information, Rudiantara, said, Thursday (11/4/2019) in his public lecture at the Padang State University Auditorium (UNP).
Rudiantara said, if we waits for a new satellite, maybe only in 2023, it will be possible. So, Communication and Information Technology took steps by leasing satellites. "In the middle of this year, the auction was conducted," he explained.
According to him, the satellite is prioritized for disadvantaged areas. In West Sumatra there are three districts, which are Mentawai, Solok Selatan and Pasaman.
In a public lecture with the Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information at UNP, Deputy Governor of West Sumatra, Nasrul Abit also gave a speech. He acknowledged that there were still districts and cities in West Sumatra that needed internet access. "At present internet access is needed," said the West Sumatra Deputy Governor.
While the rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri revealed that according to technological advances in the industrial revolution 4.0 era, everyone is required to add insight and expertise. Even Ganefri breaks down 13 skills needed in this digital era.
After the public lecture, Rudiantara who came with the Director of the Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (Bakti) Anang Latif also checked the internet signal in Mentawai Regency by conducting a teleconference with the Mentawai Regent, Judas Sabaggalet, who was in the Mentawai.
The teleconference went smoothly and it proved that the internet signal was well performed. On that occasion, the Regent of Yudas also held a video call with a number of school principals in the Mentawai.
"Thank you, Minister. With the strong signal here, I am sure that Mentawai will soon leave the disadvantaged area," said Judas.
Yudas acknowledged that internet problems were the main obstacle for the Mentawai to provide excellent service to the community.
"This year there are a number of schools that cannot do the Computer-Based National Examination, however, by the increasing signal, I believe that next year, all schools will be able to conduct UNBK," he said. (Public Relations of UNP)