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Indonesia to allow companies to use satellite Internet to ease disruptions

Indonesia to allow companies to use satellite Internet to ease disruptions

Indonesian companies can use a government telecommunications satellite to access the Internet while Asia's earthquake-disrupted data transmission service is being repaired, a senior government minister said Thursday.
The government will let "all companies" access the Internet via the satellite until the damage to the earth-based fiber optic cables is repaired, Minister of Communications and Information Sofyan Djalil told reporters.
"Usually (companies) must have a permit to use the satellite, but temporarily we'll allow all companies (access)," Djalil said, without elaborating on the fees the government will impose for that access.
Djalil said the government will extend the offer of telecommunications satellite access for the two to three weeks needed to repair the fiber optic cables damaged by the quake.
The magnitude 6.7 earthquake off Taiwan disrupted Internet and telephone communications in varying degrees in countries across the region, including Indonesia.
Indonesia and regional governments are proposing the creation of a more secure "digital silk road" fiber optic linking Asia with Europe, Djalil said, without elaborating.