Indonesia Ensuring Last Mile Connectivity Through Universal Service Obligation

The development of telecommunications infrastructure is one of the government’s missions for the Advanced Indonesia Cabinet so that no people are left behind in accessing internet services. Minister of Communications and Informatics Johnny G. Plate stated that one of the efforts to distribute telecommunication services was by deploying a 4G Base Transceiver Station (BTS) to serve people in the 3T (frontier, outermost and disadvantaged) areas.

We all want equality in telecommunications services in the era of digital transformation, the era of technological disruption, the era of the pandemic and the post-pandemic for the community to be well served. The motto and mission of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics is to serve the community through the use of technology so that no one is left behind.

– Johnny G. Plate, Minister of Communications and Informatics

With strong fiscal support, the disparity of Indonesia’s digital divide is getting narrower.

The Cooperation Contract for the Provision of Cellular Services in the 3T Region is one of the stages of carrying out the tasks of the Public Service Agency of the Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (BLU BAKTI) of the Ministry of Communications and Informatics to build 9,113 BTS in the 3T region.

The development of digital infrastructure in all 3T areas in Indonesia which was built by BAKTI of the Ministry of Communication and Information is divided into two categories. For the first category, the Minister of Communication and Information stated that the construction includes 1,209 BTS which was built through the Universal Service Obligation scheme.

The second category, which is 7,904, is the object of today’s signing of a service agreement for the community, which two cellular operators are currently carrying out through blended financing between the Universal Service Obligation.

The construction of 4G BTS, which continues to this day, has been supported by the hard work of all parties in carrying out their duties and roles to the fullest. BLU BAKTI Kominfo and two selected partners will collaborate using their assets to produce integrated services. The 4G BTS Cellular Service by BAKTI of the Ministry of Communication and Information can be enjoyed by the public through this cooperation scheme.

It is projected that 85 million old jobs may be lost and 97 million new jobs that may appear. The new jobs require a high level of digital skills and soft skills.

A report shows that in 2025 there will be 43% of industry players who reduce or reduce the number of workers due to the application of technology integration. Increasing digital skills and soft skills in line with technological developments for the workforce, especially the younger generation of Indonesia, can be done through upskilling and reskilling.