TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The government will launch the Indonesian version of the worldwide interoperability for microwave access (Wi-MAX) in May next year on the same day with National Awakening Day on May 28.
Information and Communication Minister, Muhammad Nuh, said that the Indonesian version of Wi-MAX technology is needed to lower the dependency on foreign technology.
Nuh said that more than half of the national telecommunication’s budget, reaching between Rp40 trillion and Rp50 trillion, is used for buying the imported technology product.
Thus, he said, now several universities and companies in the information technology sector in Indonesia are conducting research to complete creating the Wi-MAX.
“I forgot the names of the involved companies,” said Nuh. Yet, the universities that are involved include the Sepuluh Nopember Technology Institute, Bandung Institute of Technology, University of Indonesia, Gadjah Mada University and Hasanuddin University. Nuh did not remember the budget for the technology research either.
In the meantime, Director General of Post and Telecommunication at the Information and Communication Department, Basuki Yusuf Iskandar, said that the Indonesian version of Wi-MAX technology can be used in providing communication and information access service in rural areas or universal service obligation (USO).
Wi-MAX is a technology that makes it possible to provide wireless broadband communication access. This technology is adjusted with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.16 standard.
Wi-MAX technology can be applied as the last mile connection in broadband network. In addition, Wi-MAX - which can reach a 50 kilometers radius - can be used for hotspots and cellular network backup.