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Bali as a Wi-Fi ‘Hot Spot’

Program Commenced In West Bali to Make Free Wi-Fi Access Available Island-Wide by 2020

In a plan to make Wi-Fi available in every part of the Island of Bali, the provincial government is targeting to have 4,157 “hot spots” operational in Bali by 2020.

Governor Wayan Koster as reported by NusaBali.com announced that on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, the program to provide free Wi-Fi access for all the people of Bali commenced with the launch of free Wi-Fi access in the Village of Dauh Waru in the Regency of Jembrana.

Speaking the day before the launch, Governor Koster said: “With free access to the Internet, I hope this service can be used to improve the economy, support tourism, strengthen Balinese culture, and supplement general knowledge both on a local and global level”.

Koster outlined how the creation of an information infrastructure represents the first step in creating the goal of “Bali Smart Island.” Free Wi-Fi access is intended to touch every element if of Balinese society in villages, at tourist sites, community health centers and schools from grammar school to high school.

The Governor added, the creation of equal access to information IT development will then take place on a more equitable basis for all the people of Bali, no matter where they live.

Koster envisions that free Wi-Fi access will add momentum to efforts to add creativity and innovation to the transformation of Balinese society without sacrificing the existing strong links to Balinese culture and spirituality.

The head of the Communications, Information and Statistic Department for the Province of Bali, Nyoman Sujaya, confirmed that in 2018 a total of 311 “hot spots” were created in Bali.

In 2019, the Provincial Government targets for 1,825 “hot spots” to go live with 1,371 “hot spots” located in local village halls (wantilan), 107 in community health centers (puskesmas), 203 in tourism sites, 132 in schools (SMA/SMK/SLB), and 12 in public area.

Over time, the phased installation will see 4,157 “hot spots” operating in Bali by 2020.

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