Indonesian mobile operator PT Smartfren Telecom (Smartfren), working in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI, or KemKominfo), has held a second 5G network trial using frequencies in the 26GHz mmWave band, according to local press reports. The test was reportedly carried out at the Smartfren Gallery, in Sabang, Jakarta, on 17 June 2021, using higher band spectrum that has yet to be auctioned for 5G, while also passing over options to test 5G at 2300MHz – spectrum bandwidth it already owns. The trial was supported by ZTE and Qualcomm, and delivered speeds of more than 1.8Gbps on various customer premises equipment (CPE), including a MiFi 5G modem.
The latest trial was designed to demonstrate the performance and capabilities of the latest technology, and used 5G on a Wi-Fi Modem (MiFi), as well as demonstrating 360 video playback, virtual reality (VR), VR games and augmented reality (AR) applications. An official for KemKominfo noted that the government is keen to assess the outcome of the trial ‘to see how effective the use of high frequencies for 5G services is so that we can review and plan how this high frequency band is used for 5G services in the future’. Further, Smartfren President Merza Fachys noted: ‘After previously we successfully demonstrated 5G scenarios for industry, this time we want to show 5G scenarios in terms of more varied and broad usage. Hopefully this test can provide a clear picture, that when the implementation of 5G is carried out, the community and industry will benefit greatly’.
Previously in mid-2019, Smartfren carried out a 5G test at 28GHz at the Marunda Refinery oil production centre in Marunda, West Java.