Thursday 12 August 2021

Indonesia gets 5G

Early June 2021, Telkomsel became the first Indonesian operator to launch commercial 5G services, covering the cities of Balikpapan, Medan and Surakarta. In June, Telkomsel expanded coverage to include another five cities in Java and islands, namely Surabaya (Java), Makassar (South Sulawesi), Bandung (Java), Batam (Riau Islands) and Denpasar (Bali) and plans to expand to a total of ten cities by the end of 2021. 

The 5G network is also expected to cover Telkomsel Smart Office in Jakarta, the Bandung Institute of Technology, Telkom University in West Java and Telkomsel branch offices in nine cities. The operator’s 5G launch is supported by several devices compatible with 5G non-standalone technology operating in the 2300 MHz band, including Oppo Reno5 5G, Huawei Mate 40, Vivo X60 and Vivo X60 Pro.

Ericsson long-standing partner to Telkomsel showcased several 5G use cases at the recent 5G launch event, demonstrating  5G benefits for both consumers and enterprises.

For consumers, immersive and enhanced video is one of the most exciting use cases 5G can bring. 5G’s high speed and low latency enables a 360 degrees 4K video streaming with wireless connectivity, allowing consumers to enjoy an unparalleled immersive broadcasting experience in real-time through VR goggles.

At the event, Ericsson provided interactive booths where the visitors experienced 360 VR live streaming from Batam city, using a wearable neckband 360 degrees camera from a startup which is part of the Ericsson Startup5G program. This was accomplished using an end-to-end 5G connectivity between Batam and Jakarta.

Furthermore, 5G will transform how enterprises operate, unlocking new possibilities for the future. Ericsson also showcased a "live" augmented reality visualization of the digital twin of an actual city.  Immersive technologies such as mixed reality will enable city planners to make better decisions for sustainable urbanism in the future.

In late June, rival operator, Indosat Ooredoo, announced the launch of its 5G services in the city of Surakarta. The NSA network, supplied by Huawei, is using the 1800 MHz spectrum band and is available to both the business and consumer market segments. The operator is planning to extend its 5G footprint in other cities, including Jakarta, Surabaya and Makassar. The 5G commercial launch is part of a partnership between Surakarta Municipality to support economic recovery, including collaboration with small-medium size enterprise empowerment, digital talent education, and smart city development.

Known locally as Solo, Surakarta looking to 5G to boost its post-Covid economic recovery through smart city initiatives and enhanced services.The roll out will support smart city initiatives and more efficient processes for city services and local business.

Helping shape its reputation as a smart city, Ooredoo will also establish a smart information hub at Solo's City Hall that connects the city’s command centre to more than 2,700 RT community residents to provide real-time information across the entire city.

Supporting digital education, Indosat Ooredoo will provide content creator training and coaching to 2,000 of Solo’s youth and main youth-leading communities. The company is also providing Augmented Reality (AR) training for 500 young developers in Solo.

Finally, Ooredoo is providing its micro-lending offer UCan to local MSMEs to help fund the growth of their businesses.

The Solo launch will be followed by commercial roll outs in other major cities in Indonesia, including Jakarta, Surabaya, and Makassar.

Indonesian operators XL Axiata and Smartfren must conduct operational tests before launching their 5G services.

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