Jakarta. The Indonesian government has completed the construction of a massive, nationwide internet network using fiber-optic wires called the Palapa Ring, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday. “Today I’ve officially launched the Palapa Ring network that connects the capitals of 514 districts and cities across Indonesia,” Jokowi said at the State Palace in Jakarta. The network will provide high-speed internet from Sabang in the west to Merauke in the east, from the northernmost island of Miangas to the southernmost island of Rote, the president said. Jokowi said when he visited some remote areas in Indonesia, sometimes the reception was so bad he could hardly make a call on his cellphone. “Even sending text messages took a long time, let alone videos. Phone calls often cut out as well,” he said. Now that the Palapa Ring has been launched, Jokowi plans to visit those remote areas again to test for himself if the network works as promised. “I will visit Wamena, Biak, Nabire and Rote Ndao soon and put the network to the test. People there have complained about slow connection for years,” Jokowi said. The president also warned that information technology should never be used to spread hatred, hoaxes or fake news. “We should never misuse digital technology. Never use it to spread hate speech, slander, hoaxes or fake news,”… Read full this story
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