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Indonesia has completed the fibre-optic network to deliver internet to the remote east

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has completed the final leg of a 13,000 kilometres (8,080 miles) fiber-optic network that will bring high-speed internet is available in some of the poorest regions in the eastern part of the country, including the troubled region of Papua, the government said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: indonesian President-Either Widodo speaks at the Istana in Singapore, 8 October 2019. REUTERS/Feline Generator or Photo File,

The cable has to carry, and telecommunications, which will go through the land and in the sea, as well as a microwave oven, transmission and telecommunication towers, the cost of 7.63 billion rupees ($540.18 million to build, according to a government website on public-private partnerships.

For the last step, which is called the Eastern Palapa Ring project, which consisted of 6,878 km of cable to connect to new guinea, a few islands in the Maluku region in Eastern Nusa Tenggara, according to a statement released by the Cabinet Office.

The President Either Widodo, said that the project would need to provide a sense of justice for the indonesian people who live in the eastern part of the country, as they will be in a position to have access to the internet at the same speed as the others in the South-east Asia’s largest economy.

The government has finalised the Western Palapa Ring project, which covers the western half of the country in March 2018, while construction of similar infrastructure in the heart of Indonesia, was completed earlier this year.

“This is supposed to be strengthening in our market, connecting small-and medium-sized enterprises’ products to the national and even global networks,” Widodo said in a statement, called the project a “highway in the sky”.

The president urged Indonesia not to use the internet to spread false news and inciting hatred.

Widodo did not refer to any particular incident, but in Papua, which consists of Indonesia, with the two eastern-most provinces, has seen an upsurge in protests and in turmoil for weeks. The government is to be restricted to the internet only temporarily in response.

Security forces said that, in the most deadly incident, in which 33 people were killed in the town of Wamena on Oct. 23, there was a hoax about racist remarks made against the student and a teacher.

As a former Dutch colony Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a vote of 1,025 hand-picked tribal leaders. It is the result of the referendum was reviewed and approved by the United Nations (un).

Reporting by Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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