Fri, 07 May 2010


By Amril Amarullah
VIVAnews - Minister of Communications and Information Tifatul Sembiring stated that only 20 percent of total Indonesian population have the ability to access infrastructures and tech contents.

"In addition, 80 percent of Indonesian people are not tech literate," said Tifatul today, May 6, in Bandung.

This shows that quite a considerable gap in the IT sector is apparent in the archipelago.

However, as regards cell phone usage, Indonesia is ranked sixth worldwide.

"By the end of 2009, Wireless Intelligent Indonesia recorded that more than 135 million of the country's population have used cell phones," said the minister.

He believed that the data lacks representativeness despite its percentage recorded earlier in 2006. It was reported that between 2006 and 2009, the use of cellular phones in Indonesia hit 53.3 percent.

"The data in 2006 showed that [the users] were at 63 million. The data is backed by the growth in Blackberry and the statistics from Google Trend by the end of 2009 revealing that the growth in Facebook users reached 40 percent," said Tifatul.