In this modern age, access to communication is very important. Not only that we can have fast access to information through the internet, we can also get connected to other people that lives far away. Therefore, the Indonesian government has been making measures to improve the communication access and improve internet connection speed in every regions. In order to do that, the government of Indonesia is now constructing Palapa Ring Project that will increase the internet connection speed, even in the furthest corners of Indonesia. The program is divided into three areas, which are, West Palapa Ring, Central Palapa Ring, and East Palapa Ring. The government already signed a contract for the East Palapa Ring Project, in the amount of 5.1 trillion IDR, and now it is under construction. The project will reach the eastern territory of Indonesia such as, East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, West Papua, and other remote places in Papua.
Currently, there are still many places in Papua that still have difficult communication access that isolates the people. The East Palapa Ring Project is not the only project to improve the communication access in Papua. Therefore, to increase the communication access and break the isolation, One Segment Television in Papua is developed .
Through the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, the government of Indonesia is cooperating with the Government of Japan to operate “One Segment Television in Papua” in Mnurnu Villages, North Biak District. On 5 Desember 2016, on behalf of the Minister of Communication and Informatics, Rudiantara, the President Director of Central Provider for Telecommunications and Informatics Financing (BP3TI), Anang Achmad Lathief, inaugurated the operation of One Segment TV in Biak Numfor Regency.
“One Segment TV in Papua is a broadcasting technology from Japan with standard technology of mobile TV digital that uses solar cell. Therefore it is suitable for any uses in any areas,” said the President Director of BP3TI, Anang Achmad Lathief during the inauguration, cited from AntaraPapua.
This program will improve the information technology services for the Papuan people, and they can get faster information about the outside world. Every year, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics will also evaluate One Segment TV service in order to make improvements for better information services.
At the inauguration, the Vice Regent of Biak, Herry Ario Naap, conveyed his gratitude to the Ministry of Communication and Informatics and the Government of Japan for the development of One Segment TV in Papua. He hopes that One Segment TV in Papua will give faster information access for the Papuan people who live in the inland ares of Biak Numfor Regency. Hence, although there are many remote places in Papua, information services such as One Segment TV in Papua can still be available.