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5G to contribute 9.3% to Indonesia’s 2030 GDP: Study

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 25, 2020   /  06:34 pm
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Illustration of a 5G-connected city.(Shutterstock/jamesteohart)

Fifth-generation communication technology, also known as 5G, will add Rp 2.8 quadrillion (US$188 billion) to Indonesia’s economy by 2030, making up 9.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), a recent study projects.    The study, conducted by the Bandung Institute of Technology's Industrial and Research Affiliation Institution (LAPI-ITB) and commissioned by telecommunications company Axiata Group and Qualcomm International, also noted that 5G could create 4.4 million jobs, and increase productivity to Rp 9.4 million GDP per capita in the next decade. However, the benefits can only be realized once the government releases spectrum for 5G from 2021 to 2023. LAPI-ITB researcher Ivan Samuels said 5G could actually contribute up to 9.5 percent to the nation’s 2030 GDP if the government rolled out an “aggressive scenario” and made 5G avai...