Internet for 400 thousands mosque in Indonesia

A high-speed internet system connecting 400,000 mosques will be built across Indonesia with "Smart Mosque" project.

Internet for 400 thousands mosque in Indonesia

Kantara reported Malaysian telecommunication company Masers International Sdn Bhd, in cooperation with Indonesia's largest Muslim mass organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), will build a high-speed internet system connecting 400,000 mosques across Indonesia, the Malaysian company's chief said.

Masers CEO Suhaimi Abdul Rahman disclosed the plan on Friday in Kuala Lumpur after a ceremony marking the exchange of documents among the parties taking part in the project.

The ceremony was also attended by Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, a minister attached to the Malaysian prime minister's office, the Malaysian dailies, Utusan Malayu and Berita Harian, reported.

The agreement on the project provided for the formation of a joint venture company that would finance the building of the internet system which was estimated to require a total investment of US$14 million.

The project also entailed a 100-year cooperation agreement between NU and Manhaj Islam Hadhari, the party that would renovate the Indonesian mosques to be covered by the internet system.

Another party to be involved in the project was STM Networks Inc as provider of the satellite facility and Modular Corp (M) Sdn Bhd that would issue a smart card for the internet users.

Provision of the funds to implement the project would be the responsibility of investment company Sarz Al Yahya Corporation.

The "Smart Mosque" project would be carried out over a period of four years and after completion offer the system's 60 million users high-speed internet services at a cost of only 5 Malaysian ringgit (Rp13,500) per per person per month.

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