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5G technology coming to Indonesia sooner than you think

  • Norman Harsono and Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 10, 2019   /  04:49 pm
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The new 5G system will include an additional LTE frequency range to further enhance connectivity for mobile devices. (Shutterstock/File)

Playing rock, paper, scissors versus a robotic arm. High-speed internet browsing. Self-driving buses. These were some of the "use cases” of high-speed, low-lag, wireless 5G technology presented at an experience center in Jakarta during last year’s Asian Games. The center was funded by Telkomsel, the country’s leading telecommunications provider, which was quickly followed by rivals XL and Indosat with 5G experience centers of their own. Aside from being a publicity stunt, the centers signaled that Indonesia’s three largest providers were arming up to deploy 5G technology. “Indonesia will use 5G. Definitely. I have no doubt about it,” said Sharif Lukman Mahfoedz, head of enterprise product and marketing at XL. “But deploying 5G is not just about providers’ readiness, it is also about the use cases. We need to be confident there ar...