Telkomsel to launch commercial 5G network this week, minister says

26 May 2021

Telkomsel (Telekomunikasi Selular), the majority-owned mobile subsidiary of Indonesia’s largest telecoms company Telkom, will launch its 5G mobile network this week, according to Minister of Communications and Information Technology Johnny G. Plate speaking on Monday. The minister noted: ‘The 5G services will be launched on 27 May 2021, and be available for use by limited and gradual steps in six residential locations in Greater Jakarta and other cities: Solo, Medan, Balikpapan, Denpasar, Batam, Surabaya, Makassar and Bandung. Other cities will follow’.

Mr Plate reportedly confirmed that Telkomsel officially received a Certificate of Acceptability for Operation (SKLO) for 5G technology from the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCI, or KemKominfo) on 24 May 2021, allowing it to operate commercial 5G networks initially using spectrum at 2300MHz, and sell 5G products or services to customers. ‘The deployment of 5G also marks that from now on Indonesia is entering the simultaneous stage of 4G and 5G operations,’ the minister added.