Indonesian operator XL Axiata has been issued with a licence to operate a 5G network in the country by the Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI, also known as KemKominfo). The ministry confirmed on 12 August that the company had successfully passed the requisite Operational Appropriate Test (ULO) as stated in its new Operational Appropriate Certificate (SKLO). The ULO was conducted between 3 August and 5 August in Jalan Margonda Raya in the city of Depok.
Commenting on the award of the SKLO, Minister of Communications and Information Johnny G Plate said: ‘Now 5G commercial services are supported by three national telecommunication operators and in the future, we must of course maintain that 5G commercialisation can develop well in Indonesia’. He went on to say that by dint of the 5G Service SKLO, XL Axiata is ‘technically declared ready to operate’. The company has been cleared to use 20MHz of bandwidth in the 1800MHz band with a range of 1807.5MHz to 1827.5MHz.
Meanwhile, XL Axiata CEO Dian Siswarini said: ‘XL Axiata supports the government in accelerating the implementation of 5G technology in Indonesia, in line with the spirit to continue to innovate and always be adaptive to any developments in telecommunication technology globally’. The official added that XL is ready to deploy 5G networks and services across the country, including ‘gradually expanding its service area coverage’. For the initial launch phase though, XL Axiata’s 5G network is available in four cities, namely Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Surabaya, with limited area coverage starting mid-August 2021. In order to deploy 5G, it is applying Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technology in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands which allows the use of the same spectrum for 4G and 5G services. DSS implementation is considered ‘an alternative choice considering the limited frequency that XL Axiata has to deploy 5G’.