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Indonesia To Improve Internet Speeds Making Bali A World-Class Digital Nomad Hub 

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Indonesia has just committed to improving internet access across the country.

While Indonesia has pretty good internet coverage, there are still blank zones, and upload and download speeds are not as quick as they could be.

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The Indonesian Minister for Communication and Information, Budi Arie Setiadi, has outlined the Indonesia Digital 2045 Vision.

This vision outlines the plan to improve Indonesia’s internet speeds by more than 30 times what they are now.

Speaking at a press conference, Minister Setiadi explained, “Indonesia’s internet speed is still low. We are only at 24.9 Mbps. We are targeting the Digital Indonesian Vision to be 765 Mbps by 2045 so that in the next 21 years, we have to jump 30 times.”

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This is great news not only for Indonesian citizens but also for digital nomads, tourists, and those with businesses in the country.

With this 21-year plan ahead of them, the Indonesian government is looking forward to taking a cooperative approach to ensure that the dream is realized. 

Minister Setiadi told reporters, “A common understanding and [a series of] measurable and harmonious implementation steps are needed between the government, private and community institutions. And it hoped that real support and follow-up action from each government entity [is realized]. Each plays a role, and the synergy with the private and public sector must be realized too.”

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While some OG digital nomads in Bali are starting to look elsewhere to use as a base as the island becomes more of a hub for remote workers, Bali is set to be a creative hub for innovators and entrepreneurs for many years to come. 

The island has been given the name ‘Silicon Bali,’ a play on Silicon Valley, for the sheer volume of start-ups, tech entrepreneurs, and digital nomads that are using the province as a base.

For many people, the work-life balance is a big lure, in addition to the like-minded community and access to both a vibrant social scene and the opportunity to completely disconnect with the online world and get lost in nature. 

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Indonesia is taking strikes to ensure that this remains the case for a long while to come. Not only will internet speeds improve 30-fold, but access will be rolled out in areas that are currently blank zones.

Nusa Penida is notably one of the areas of Bali province that is lagging behind when it comes to internet access and even mobile phone signal.

The Regent of Klungkung has committed to holding the Ministry for Communication and Information and the private telecom companies to account.

While there is decent interest access in Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Lembongan, the blank spots are proving a problem for businesses, locals, tourists, and digital nomads.

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One of the biggest ways Indonesia is working to make it easier for digital nomads to use his like Bali as a base is through the immigration system.

For over a decade, digital nomads have rested in something of a grey area when it comes to Indonesia’s immigration system.

Some digital nomads have used pre-investment visas while they explore business opportunities and work remotely in Indonesia; others have used socio-cultural visas. 

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The Directorate General of Immigration has introduced the Golden Visa policy exclusively for high-value individuals and businesses.

The visa is targeted at those in the tech space, though it is open to everyone who has the funds available.

The new Golden Visa policy allows for highly qualified and high-wealth individuals to stay for up to 5-10 years in a residency-by-investment style program.

Applicants applying as foreign individual investors must invest USD 2.5 million (IDR 38 billion) or USD 5 million (IDR 76 billion) for a 10-year visa. 

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This is a really exclusive visa category, so Indonesia’s Immigration will be introducing another new category in the coming months.

The Remote Worker Visa, E33G, is available for digital nomads who want to stay in the country for up to a year and can prove they have a salary of USD 60,000 p/a. 

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Made

Tuesday 13th of February 2024

Another fluff piece on 'what's planned, or what they want to do. I never see any articles on what has actually been done.

Navanita

Wednesday 7th of February 2024

I lost my son at klingking beach.No matter what, better infrastructure doesn't promise a safe beach.

Miles

Wednesday 7th of February 2024

Too late. It used to be #1 on Nomadist. They ruined it when they started their tourist bashing and following the likes of the old cow Niluh and her intensely stupid nationalist movement. Bali is nothing but a place for coconuts to rot, unless foreigners are there to develop it.

Exp

Tuesday 6th of February 2024

Just checked here in south Denpasar today: Impressive 150 mbps for both upload and download with ping 35ms. I was upgraded recently without asking -- for a much higher fee of course.

The major issues are extreme slowdown around the monthly billing time and I have experienced service quite frequently -- up to up 3 days in a row. I have also had service down due to "sabotage" in local area with line being cut or ripped out of box. As such I have a back-up solution via router using a SIM card and phone network.

Internet cables are added along roads without any organization or system. Looks like birds net many places cris crossing roads. Cables sagging low and taken out by trucks and buses. I have been entangled in these low hanging internet lines while out on my bike. A real shit show that need some major effort to clean up.

Rant over.

Made

Tuesday 13th of February 2024

@Exp, spot on

Harrison

Wednesday 7th of February 2024

@Exp, speeds are often way better than I had in U.K.. The customer service is fantastic. I use Solnet and they are hugely responsive to any problems.

Even sending photos of techs digging a hole or fixing a line when the problem has been identified. Try getting that kind of response from Virgin Media or similar.

The low hanging fibre optics are a hazard and be interesting to know how much time/money companies spend on repairs.

Might be a lot cheaper to put them up correctly in the first place….but…Bali.

Wayan Bo

Wednesday 7th of February 2024

@Exp, Starlink could be the solution ❓❗️📡🛰 🤣

Keith Nash

Tuesday 6th of February 2024

Leverage private industry investment and returns.