Indosat to hold OpenRAN tests

10 Mar 2020

Mobile World Live says that Indosat Ooredoo has revealed plans to work with the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and GSMA to carry out field trials on OpenRAN technology in Asia – claiming a first for the region – with the ultimate goal of driving down internet service charges, particularly in rural areas. It is understood the trials will kick off this month, with one test being undertaken at a universal service obligation (USO) base station site in one of Indonesia’s least-developed regions; the GSMA is reportedly evaluating potential sites.

Commenting, Vikram Sinha, director and COO of Indosat Ooredoo, said that efforts to standardise the ‘design and functionality of hardware and software’ should help to reduce the cost of providing internet and voice services, which will help drive digital growth in the country. ‘There are islands in Indonesia where we need to make sure the internet is available and affordable to everyone,’ he added.

Indonesia, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH)