5,000 Indonesian villages to have Internet access

5,000 Indonesian villages to have Internet access

Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Marwan Jafar has set a target to provide Internet access to about 5,000 villages throughout the country this year.

"I am developing online villages, and there will be about 5,000 of them this year," the minister said.

He is optimistic that the target can be achieved despite funding constraints.

He emphasised that the government needed to promote Internet connectivity in rural areas as the number of villages with Internet connections was small.

Marwan hoped that the NGOs and the private sector would support the online village programme.

"Some colleagues from NGOs and donor agencies are still working on a number of projects, but they are not the government," he said.

The objective of the online village programme is to facilitate communication and information to and from rural areas.

By providing internet connectivity, villages could obtain information from the central government easily and vise versa


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