Mike Cassidy, VP of Project Loon, Alexander Rusli, President Director and CEO of Indosat, and Sergey Brin, Founder of Google (far right)

Mike Cassidy, VP of Project Loon, Alexander Rusli, President Director and CEO of Indosat, and Sergey Brin, Founder of Google (far right)

Indosat, a member of Ooredoo Group, today signed an agreement with Google for Project Loon, an initiative to support the Indonesian government in providing Internet access to last-mile communities in the country.

Witnessed by Rudiantara, Indonesian Minister of Communications and Informatics, the agreement was signed during the Indonesian delegation’s visit to Google headquarter in Silicon Valley in San Francisco.

This partnership is part of the greater Indonesia Broadband Plan 2014-2019. It is designed as an extension of the telecommunications provider digital network service and is meant to fill network coverage gaps in rural areas.

The project aims to bring Internet access through special balloons.

“Many Indonesians still do not have Internet access to seize educational, cultural and economic opportunities. With this project, we hope to be able to bring it to millions more in Indonesia,” said Mike Cassidy, VP of Project Loon, Google.

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Despite the high number of social media users in Indonesia, two thirds of its population still have no Internet access and are unable to benefit from digital economy.

“We believe that everyone in Indonesia has the same rights to access digital connections,” said Alexander Rusli, CEO of Indosat.

Image Credit: Indosat