Indosat Ooredoo kicks off OpenRAN trials in Maluku region

20 Apr 2021

Indosat Ooredoo has carried out a 4G Open RAN field trial which includes proof of concept and functional testing, conducted in Maluku region as part of the cellco’s efforts to upgrade and expand its 4G LTE network. The trial was reportedly supported by the Open RAN Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and Parallel Wireless.

Commenting on the development, the cellco’s chief technology and information officer, Medhat Elhusseiny, said: ‘We are very proud to be the first cellular operator in Indonesia to conduct Open RAN field trials. The success of field trials in several locations in the Maluku region has further strengthened Indosat Ooredoo’s position as a pioneer in implementing the latest technological innovations to build telecommunications infrastructure more quickly and efficiently. We believe the flexibility that Open RAN offers, especially in the deployment of a video quality 4G network, will contribute positively to the acceleration of social and economic development in Indonesia.’

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that in February this year, Indonesian rival XL Axiata carried out its own trials of Open RAN technology in Ambon, the provincial capital of Maluku province, in support of the government’s drive to improve mobile broadband network access across the archipelago. The MNO successfully integrated Open RAN in its networks in the city with its director and CTO, I Gede Darmayusa, confirming at the time: ‘We are serious and continue to make various efforts to realise our commitment to support the government in building and providing telecommunications networks to various regions in Indonesia. One of the efforts is to try to implement the Open RAN technology, by conducting trials first.’ The XL official went on to report success in testing calls on its 3G network (CS fallback) and OTT calls on 4G LTE infrastructure, adding that the cellco is currently monitoring for performance and stability. ‘For this trial, we are doing it together with Mavenir as the technology provider partner,’ he said in a press release.

Indonesia, Indosat Ooredoo (incl. IM2), XL Axiata