A4AI’s newly published brief focuses on a fast connection — one of the four pillars to measure meaningful connectivity — and the availability of 4G across Indonesia. It uses data collected from Opensignal to test the amount of time smartphone users have a 4G signal that they can use on their phone.
Opensignal, a leading mobile analytics company, is the independent global standard for measuring real-world mobile network experience. The data provided by Opensignal has allowed A4AI to contextualise the importance of meaningful connectivity with real-world data.
Teddy Woodhouse, A4AI Senior Research Manager said, “This brief and the use of Opensignal’s data emphasises both the importance of inclusive investments in 4G access across the world and also offers an opportunity for us to set baselines today to measure progress in the coming years for affordable and meaningful access for all.”
Ceri Howes, Opensignal’s Head of Regulatory explains: “We are delighted to support the Alliance for Affordable Internet in their first country-level Meaningful Connectivity brief. We know that predictive coverage models only tell one part of the story when it comes to addressing the real-world barriers to digital inclusion. Analysing the actual experiences of everyday Indonesians highlights the need for policymakers and mobile operators alike to take independent, evidence-based approaches that look beyond optimised or ‘best case’ views of connectivity, and instead focus on whether these connections are actually providing inclusive and high-quality experiences to Indonesian consumers.”
Indonesia generally has a high rate of 4G coverage throughout the country; disparities exist in different parts of the country in coverage and availability, as measured by consumer time on a 4G signal. These disparities in 4G availability have consequences for average speeds. As Indonesia looks to grow its digital economy, it requires a strong foundation in mobile infrastructure that provides reliable, high-quality connectivity to all.
Policymakers can make progress by renewing the National Broadband Plan, continuing to advance USAF and public access projects, and increasing transparency within the sector’s regulation. There’s immense potential for Indonesia to improve its score and to reach affordable and meaningful connectivity for everyone.
Read the brief here.