ACCELERATION of the acceleration of national digital transformation launched by President Joko Widodo since 2020 has become one of the Government’s priority agendas.
The Ministry of Communication and Information as the leading sector in the digital field carries out the direction of the Head of State through strategic programs and policies, from developing digitally talented human resources to providing telecommunications infrastructure.
Special Staff of the Minister of Communication and Information for Political Communication Philip Gobang said that digital transformation is an important agenda to realize Indonesia as a digital nation will not run well without sustainable development.
“All this is done to ensure that digital transformation occurs in all corners of the country. So that in line with the direction of the President, we are preparing ourselves towards a digital society and nation,” he said during the STB Distribution Trial Implementation in Denpasar, Bali, Wednesday (16/3).
According to Philip, the Analog Switch Off (ASO) program which is currently being intensified is one of the many priority programs of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics. Especially today, people are increasingly required to adapt to digital technology.
“We all know that, for more than two years, we have been facing a pandemic situation that has hit the world and Indonesia. This situation requires us to adapt to technological developments, so through the Analog Switch Off program we take an important part in the era of digital transformation,” he explained.
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Philip explained that the Ministry of Communications and Informatics, under the leadership of the Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G. Plate, carried out President Jokowi’s directive through the Indonesian Digital Roadmap to ensure digital connectivity in all corners of the country.
“We know that in 2020 until now, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics and all related partners are building digital infrastructure in all corners of the country, especially in 12,548 villages/kelurahan that are still blankspots,” he explained.
The digital infrastructure in question is the Base Transceiver Station (BTS), most of which is focused on 3T areas (frontier, remote and underdeveloped).
“The 3T areas or about 56% are in Eastern Indonesia. For this reason, the President wants to ensure that in the next two years digital connectivity has occurred, has been implemented and has been enjoyed by all Indonesian citizens,” he said.
In addition to providing internet services through BTS, the Ministry of Communications and Informatics is also building the Republic of Indonesia Satellite 1 (SATRIA-1) which is planned to be launched in the second half of 2023.
“Earth control stations are being built in Cikarang, West Java, while 11 other earth stations are being built to support the operational work of the satellites. In addition, the Minister recently also confirmed that before launching SATRIA-1, the SATRIA-1 Reserve Satellite will be launched first and yesterday there was a signing of the cooperation,” he added. (RO/OL-7)