Indosat Ooredoo has now secured a Certificate of Operation Eligibility (SKLO) from the Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI, or KemKominfo) allowing it to kick off trials of 5G technologies. A report from IndoTelko notes that telecoms minister Johnny G Plate revealed that the SKLO has been issued to allow the operator to conduct tests in Central Jakarta in the Monas area, specifically: Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan.
‘The issuance of the 5G SKLO indicates that all facilities and infrastructure for the deployment of the 5G network that have been completed by Indosat are technically ready to operate. In particular, it will be carried out on the 1800MHz frequency band with a 20MHz bandwidth in the 1837.5MHz to 1857.5MHz range,’ he confirmed.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Indosat Ooredoo held a 5G Operation Feasibility Test (ULO) on 3-4 June using the 1800MHz band – unlike rival Telkomsel which recently launched 5G over its newly-acquired 2300MHz spectrum. TeleGeography notes that ULO testing is an important prerequisite to clear the path for the deployment of new technologies in Indonesia, carried out on the basis of Ministerial Regulation Number 1 of 2010 concerning the Operation of Telecommunication Networks. Mobile operators are required to complete ULO testing before securing approval for a commercial launch to the public.