Telkomsel telephone tower in Pos • from Erma
Telkomsel is the only Indonesian telecommunications provider in Asmat. With 60,000 Asmat population
in Asmat excluding foreigners, there are only 3 Telkomsel telephone towers in Asmat: 1 in the capital of Agats, 1 in the village of Atsj, and 1 in Pos.
Constructions take a long time to get done in Asmat, causing communication and logistical
chaos. During its operations, often the operators hijack the engines for the tower not to function unless there is money paid by the local settlers for it to run. The tower essentially allows transmigrant foreigners to penetrate deep within the Asmatsâ landscape.