Australia is completing the National Broadband Network (NBN), Indonesia here is getting close to starting their long awaited broadband network the Palapa Rings and now PNG is also working on its National Transmission Network (NTN). From Australia, to PNG to Indonesia…we could be a super corridor for online activity and innovation addressing various areas of development.
Licenses have been granted to consortium members for building the Palapa Ring–backbone that will connect the Eastern part of Indonesia that currently relies on satellites with the rest of the country. It is not clear how the licenses were granted and what are the fees and obligations of the license holders. Furthermore, technical and financial feasibility studies are yet to be completed. No access regimes have been developed that will govern how non-consortium members will be able to access the Palapa Ring and on what terms. There couldn’t be a worse possible way of launching such a complex, capital-intensive project that is supposed to transform the ICT infrastructure of Indonesia.
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