Published: 17 June 2019
Net1 International Holding AS’ (Net1) chairman, JD Fouchard, recently presented to a United Nations hosted forum how Net1 is utilising wireless data technology to provide internet access for the underserved regions of Indonesia and the Philippines.
Through wireless broadband over LTE 450 MHz, Net1 is offering internet connectivity for those who are not able to afford a home connection. The company achieves this through providing publicly available Wi-Fi kiosks that are operated by small enterprises such as cafes and shops, and through providing network coverage for Google Station – a simple, cost-effective and scalable way of offering free and fast Wi-Fi access. Today, Google Station has hotspots in six countries, including in Indonesia and the Philippines where Net1 also is present.
Under the presentation title “Serving the underserved, reaching the unreachable“, JD Fouchard gave the address at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP) event about expanding internet access for inclusive development. ESCAP organised the event in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand and Google, at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
At the end of April this year, Net1 completed a NOK 217.5 million rights offering that will be used to finance Net1’s subsidiary PT Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia’s (STI) roll-out of a 4G LTE network in Indonesia in the 450 MHz spectrum.
“Given the propagation characteristic of Net1 Indonesia’s spectrum, the company serves rural areas that suffer from a lack of decent internet connectivity speeds or sometimes have no access at all. Currently, close to thirty thousand of Net1 Prio villages are reached by four thousand of our MitraNet1 (resellers), as well as hundreds of KiosNet1 (WiFi Kiosk). And to strengthen our proposition, we are exploring the collaboration with both central and local government to support their objective of accelerating and improving the provision of internet access in these rural areas,” says Larry Ridwan, CEO of Net1 Indonesia.
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