XL tests Huawei’s ‘RuralStar Pro’ solution; Telkomsel launches 5G in Papua

5 Oct 2021

Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata, working in partnership with Huawei Indonesia, has carried out tests of a new wireless broadband solution dubbed ‘Huawei RuralStar Pro’, with a focus on exploiting its ability to provide 4G LTE backhaul in rural areas. The trial was carried out in Kalimantan and the two parties said that it suggests the solution will be useful in expanding broadband connections to remote areas, where so far there are often problems related to limited backhaul access. The RuralStar Pro trial yielded download data transmission speeds of up to 106Mbps over a distance of 31km.

In unrelated news, as part of its ongoing 5G network rollout XL’s rival Telkomsel said it has deployed next generation infrastructure in Papua province, eastern Indonesia. the MNO has reportedly installed equipment in advance of the XX Papua National Sports Week (PON) 2021. During the event, the public and visitors have been invited to use the new 5G network as part of Telkomsel’s initiative ‘to strengthen an inclusive and sustainable national digital ecosystem by presenting Trifecta Digital Telkomsel’. During the test phase for the new 5G network in Papua, Telkomsel reported a download speed of up to 1Gbps with latency of 8ms in trials in Sorong.