Wed, 29 Sep 2010

TEMPO Interactive, Bandung:The Minister of Communication and Information Technology has said that fiber optic installation faces administrative problems, especially since a letter from the Department of Home Affairs demanding to stop the project temporarily has been issued.

“Around 40 percent of installation in Eastern Indonesia is not completed because of field administrative problems. The problem is nobody knows about fiber optic installation at the sub district level. This should be coordinated,” said Muhamad Budi Setiawan, the Director General of Post and Telecommunication at the Department of Communication and Information Technology in Bandung, West Java, yesterday.

The fiber optic hindrance has occurred in Maluku, Papua and Bali. But the project is 60 percent completed.

“There is progress in Eastern Indonesia, where in total, at least 60 percent has been installed in the first stage,” he said.

The installation of fiber optic in Eastern Indonesia has reached 10,812 kilometers, connecting Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and Papua.

The fiber optic installation is part of the Palapa Ring megaproject, including 35,280 kilometers of undersea fiber optic and 21,708 kilometers of underground fiber optic.

He hoped that the fiber optic installation project could increase home Internet connection up to 10 percent.

The number is small compared to growth in several other ASEAN countries, reaching 50 percent.

“The Department must prepare its regulation. This year, we will not target 50 percent because of non-technical factors,” he said.