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High-speed internet post analog switch-off enhancement ministry

The ministry allocates 98MHz band to the 700MHz frequency spectrum to enhance broadband internet.

Jakarta (ANTARA)-The Ministry of Communications and Information hopes that the frequency spectrum will be assigned to the high-speed Internet after the transition of terrestrial television broadcasting from analog to digital.

“The 700MHz frequency is a gold band for improving broadband Internet,” said Usman Kansong, director of information and communications, at the webinar “Government’s Strategy On Screen” held here on Wednesday.

Kansong said the entire 700 MHz frequency band is used for analog terrestrial television broadcasting, which currently occupies 328 MHz broadband.

He said that the discontinuation of terrestrial digital television broadcasting, or what is called analog switch-off (ASO), results in a digital dividend of 112MHz as a result of the efficiency of terrestrial digital broadcasting.

The Kansong Art Museum explained that in analog broadcasting, one frequency can be used for only one television broadcast. However, in digital broadcasts, one frequency can be used for up to 12 television broadcasts.

The ministry allocates 98MHz band to the 700MHz frequency spectrum to enhance broadband internet.

The Kansong Art Museum said that it is promoting the leveling of mobile networks, such as by digitizing broadcasting (ASO), in response to growing Internet needs.

Citing data from the Ministry of Information and Communication Accessibility (BAKTI), he stated that 4G networks are only available in 49.33 percent of the Indonesian region.

He added that 3G networks were only available in 44.35 percent of the region.

Meanwhile, Kanson said 2G networks are available in 68.54 percent of Indonesia’s regions.

Kansong pointed out that 9,113 villages in the front, outermost, and underdeveloped areas (3T) have not yet used 4G networks.

“To solve this, the government is encouraging ASOs and promoting the digitization of television broadcasts,” he said.

The government recently rescheduled the ASO phase, which initially had five stages from this year, but will change to three stages next year, he said.

The first phase of the ASO will be implemented by April 30, 2022, the second phase will be implemented by August 25, 2022, and the final phase will be implemented by November 2, 2022.

Currently, multiple television stations are simultaneously broadcasting simulcast or analog and terrestrial digital broadcasting.

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