Saturday, April 28, 2007

Better Internet Connection In The Future?

Telkom has agreed to joined AAG (Asia-America Gateway) Consortium in order to upgrade their international bandwidth into 70 Gbps (and they will have to pay about US$40 million for this). This step is taken to solve the bandwidth problem for years, but the main questions is that whether it will improve the Internet connection in Indonesia significantly. Having bandwidth that big must be supported by good infrastructure, so it can be used by a lot of people, not only in big cities like Jakarta, but also in smaller cities, so everybody can have Internet access wherever they are. It's useless if it is fast, but only some people who can use them.

Cost is another problem for Internet connection in Indonesia. It's been a long way since many people has gave their opinion about how expensive Internet connection in Indonesia compared to other Countries in the South East Asia. In Singapore and Malaysia, the government has taken a step further by planning to provide a free hotspots all around the country (it has started and it shall be completed in about one or two years again). What about ours?