Mobile operator Indosat Ooredoo, which is 65%-owned by Qatari group Ooredoo, has announced the launch of commercial 5G services in Jakarta. At a press junket to support the launch, the company’s CEO Ahmad Al-Neama said the 5G network will help ‘revolutionise’ how industry and commerce operate and the way consumers access public services and entertainment. Indosat’s 5G rollout is in support of the government’s digital transformation and Jakarta’s smart city vision.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in June this year Indosat announced the commercial launch of its 5G network in the city of Surakarta (a.k.a. Solo). Available to both the business and mass market segments, the MNO’s new ultra-high speed 5G service is again aimed at ‘empowering the city’s economic recovery and digital transformation’. Indosat 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.