Wed, 30 Apr 2008
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government has set itself the target of making all areas in Indonesia have broadband access for connection to universal internet in 2015, a minister has said.

"At a meeting in Bangkok last week, APEC telecommunications and industry ministers set a target of making all countries in Asia and the Pacific including Indonesia have broadband access in 2015," Communications and Informatics Minister Muhammad Nuh said here Tuesday.

At their 7th meeting on 23-25 April, the telecommunications and industry ministers of APEC (the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) agreed to set a target of raising access to universal internet by three folds from the 2010 target set at a forum of its kind in Brunei Darussalam last year.

Thus, the Indonesian government would soon prepare a roadmap about major strategies and policies on broadband access in the country.

At the meeting, the ministers also touched on the use of sound and safe internet.

"An environ which is able to protect users, mainly children, and guarantee safety for individual and business users, was a main point in the conclusion of the Bangkok Declaration," Nuh said.

The Bangkok Declaration also agreed on global cooperation calling on governments, industries, business community and consumers to make a concerted effort which is universal in nature.

"Indonesia at the meeting presented efforts which have been made like the ID-SIRTII (the Indonesia Security Incident Response Team on Internet Infrastructure) and newly-approved ITE Law," Nuh said.

The Bangkok Declaration also mentioned the exchange of technology information, innovative services and technical cooperation.

"The US specially offered technical cooperation to improve our capability in information on communications and technology," he said.

On the sidelines of the forum, Indonesia held a bilateral meeting with the US Coordinator for International Telecommunications and Information Policy, David Gross. (*)



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