Southeast Asia's first SRv6-based 5G-ready transport network launches in Indonesia

Indosat Ooredoo
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Indonesia’s leading digital telco, Indosat Ooredoo, has announced the first commercial deployment of Segment Routing over IPv6 (SRv6) in Southeast Asia, to support the development of its 5G services across the country. Partnered with Cisco, the telco is transforming its transport infrastructure into a state-of-the-art, programmable, 5G-ready transport network supported by SRv6 with network slicing. This 5G technology will enable a simple, scalable, agile, and reliable network, to meet the needs of retail and business segment customers.

“Fast, on-demand, high-quality low-latency connectivity services for 5G.”

Medhat Elhusseiny, Indosat Ooredoo.

“We are excited with the launch of Southeast Asia’s first SRv6-based 5G-ready transport network together with Cisco to support Indosat Ooredoo’s digital transformation journey, addressing our consumers and enterprise customers’ needs for on-demand and scalable network requirements. This is a major step in building our Next-Generation Programmable Transport Network that is future-ready, scalable, with automated operations enabled by Software Defined Network (SDN) and intelligent segment routing functions of SRv6. This will allow us to deliver fast, on-demand, high-quality low-latency connectivity services for 5G, cloud computing and IoT for both consumers and enterprises across Indonesia establishing a strong foundation for 5G architecture moving forward to support Indonesia’s vision as a fully digital nation,” said Medhat Elhusseiny, Chief Technology and Information Officer of Indosat Ooredoo.

New 5G technologies

The new technology, along with Indosat Ooredoo’s wide fiber optic network expansions, will support the growing demand for mobile data consumption in Indonesia, with the emergence of newer 5G technologies like cloud computing and network slicing.

SRv6 intelligent routing functionality, which enables deterministic routing paths, will guarantee high quality and low latency on-demand services with faster data connectivity and the full automation required to serve digital communities throughout the world's largest island country. In addition, network slicing will allow the telco to create new digital services for each customer by enabling the functions that cater to their needs.

Digital transformation strategy

By partnering with Cisco, Indosat Ooredoo will accommodate the new requirements of 5G use cases of many business segments and industries, including fixed and mobile broadband services, through fully automated SRv6 infrastructure, and seamlessly migrate the currently existing network to the next generation software-defined network to improve customer’s digital experience with optimised total cost of ownership as one of the key elements of its network automation and digital transformation strategy.

“Support Indonesia as it continues its digital economic transformation.”

Sanjay Kaul, Cisco.

“Indosat Ooredoo has an intense focus on improving service quality for its customers while driving the efficiency as well as the new revenue creation,” said Sanjay Kaul, President of APJ Service Provider, Cisco.

“With the launch of SRv6 network programming, Indosat Ooredoo is pioneering the next phase of IP networking through simplification, automation, and championing the needs of its customers. With the capabilities provided by SRv6, Indosat Ooredoo, powered by Cisco, aims to support Indonesia as it continues its digital economic transformation to drive operational efficiencies, customer experience, as well as product and service innovation across their organizations. Together, Indosat Ooredoo and Cisco can ensure a better network, digital experience, and a more inclusive future for all Indonesians,” Kaul concluded.

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