Nokia and Indosat Ooredoo launch 5G network in Indonesia

Surabaya City, Indonesia (Image credit: Sharon Ang from Pixabay)

Nokia and Indosat Ooredoo have announced the launch of commercial 5G services in Surabaya city, Indonesia. Working together under the new deal, Indosat Ooredoo’s customers will experience new enterprise and industrial use cases underpinned by the new 5G network.

“Unleash many opportunities for the region’s education, people, and economy.”

Ahmad Al-Neama, Indosat Ooredoo.

“I am deeply humbled and proud to launch Indosat Ooredoo’s 5G services in Surabaya aligned with our commitment to being the forefront of the 5G revolution in Indonesia. This technology will help unleash many opportunities for the region’s education, people, and economy,” said Ahmad Al-Neama, President Director and CEO at Indosat Ooredoo. 

For the new 5G network Nokia will supply 5G technology equipment from its latest ReefShark based AirScale product range, including its AirScale Single RAN portfolio for both indoor and outdoor coverage. Nokia’s solutions will offer faster speeds and wider mobile coverage for Indosat Ooredoo’s customers, while simultaneously cutting costs for the operator to run its network. 

Nokia will also deploy its dynamic spectrum sharing solution, which will allow Indosat Ooredoo to use its 4G networks spectrum for 5G services, decreasing the timeframe to get 5G up and running. 

Nokia 5G Experience Centre

Nokia and Indosat Ooredoo, together with partners, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology and the University of Oulu, will also open the Nokia 5G Experience Centre at ITS’ facilities in Surabaya. The site includes a ‘Centre of Creativity’, designed for technology developers and ITS students to explore and develop new 5G use cases to drive innovation and socio-economic development in Indonesia. 

The new facility also includes a ‘Centre of Knowledge’ with 5G millimeter-wave capability to simulate a live 5G environment for testing a range of 5G uses cases. Additionally, there is a ‘Centre of Excellence’ offering professional 5G certifications and other academic programs to support the development of local digital talent. 

“Complete the innovation and development of local content use cases relevant to the city.”

Ahmad Al-Neama, Indosat Ooredoo.

“As the result of our collaboration with ITS, Nokia, and the University of Oulu Finland, the advanced Nokia 5G Experience Centre will complete the innovation and development of local content use cases relevant to the city. With the full supports from Government, Indosat Ooredoo continues to accelerate Indonesia’s transformation into a digital and 5G-enabled nation," said Ahmad Al-Neama, President Director and CEO at Indosat Ooredoo. 

Bringing 5G innovation to Indonesia

“5G solutions that will benefit the University and the wider community.”

Prof. Dr. Ir. Mochamad Ashari.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Mochamad Ashari, Rector of Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Nokia and Indosat Ooredoo to bring 5G innovation to Indonesia and specifically into Surabaya. Through such industry partnerships, we aim to provide a platform for young minds to collaborate directly with industry and business leaders and develop 5G solutions that will benefit the University and the wider community. The launch of the 5G Experience center is in line with the government’s agenda that would enable ITS to spearhead the advance learning and research and provide students and faculty an opportunity to be on the forefront of innovation.”  

Nokia has worked with Indosat Ooredoo on several network upgrades in Indonesia in the past, including its IP/MPLS mobile transport network solution, as well as its LTE-Advanced network. 

“Drive innovation in the country.”

Tommi Uitto, Nokia.

“We are excited to launch commercial 5G services in Indonesia with Indosat Ooredoo as its trusted partner. Our AirScale portfolio will deliver best-in-class services to its subscribers and I look forward to working hand in hand with them on this project moving forward. The opening of the Nokia 5G Experience Centre will also provide a platform to drive innovation in the country,” said Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia. 

Rachael Sharpe

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