Supporting the preparation of Indonesia’s new capital, Indosat Ooredoo launches 5G services in Balikpapan
By Digital News Asia December 22, 2021
- Launches 5G in 5th city following Solo, Jakarta, Surabaya & Makassar
- 5G to accelerate digital transformation, boost industry competitiveness
Indosat Ooredoo launched its 5G commercial services in Balikpapan.
In a statement, the leading digital telco said this launch marks a further commitment to powering Indonesia’s 5G revolution, following previous launches in Solo, Jakarta, Surabaya, and Makassar and entering a new chapter as enabler of Indonesia digital transformation.
President director and chief executive officer of Indosat Ooredoo, Ahmad Al-Neama, said the company is proud to launch its 5G commercial services in Balikpapan to continue the 5G revolution across the country.
“This 5G technology will accelerate digital transformation in Kalimantan, primarily to support the preparation of Indonesia’s new capital, Penajam Paser Utara, located near Balikpapan and we hope this launch will also significantly boost industry competitiveness in the region.”
On the same occasion, deputy IV of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Dr. Ir. Mohammad Rudy Salahuddin, MEM said, “We appreciate Indosat Ooredoo’s commitment in providing 5G commercial services in Balikpapan and we hope this 5G technology will accelerate the implementation of smart city, smart government, and smart industry to enable speedy economic recovery in the region so that it also becomes an accelerator of the national economy.”
According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data, Balikpapan serves as the primary city of East Kalimantan with manufacturing industries as the main driver of the economy. The manufacturing sector accounted for 47% of Gross Regional Domestic Product in 2020, while marine fishery has become the major contributor in the agricultural sector.
Governor of East Kalimantan, Isran Noor, said, “Balikpapan has a lot to offer in terms of natural resources with their huge potentials. Therefore, we hope 5G technology will transform the way industries operate to drive innovations, create jobs, and boost exports.”
President director of Nokia Indonesia, KP Goh, said this launch is the second time Nokia has supported Indosat Ooredoo’s 5G services launch in Indonesia, following an earlier one in Surabaya, East Java.
“Nokia is delighted to contribute in making the transformative power of 5G a reality for the region, especially to support the preparation of relocating Indonesia’s new capital near Balikpapan.”
Coinciding with the launch of 5G commercial services in Balikpapan, Indosat Ooredoo and Kalimantan Institute of Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which marks a joint commitment to strengthen the education sector leveraging the advantages of 5G technology.
The advent of Indosat Ooredoo 5G commercial services in Balikpapan features some of the most advanced use cases, including:
- Smart city: 5G as a key turning point in the evolution of Smart Cities as high- speed connectivity, low-latency and the ability to handle a massive number of connections will enhance citizen lifestyle and collaboration. Sample use cases include SKOTA-Horizontal Platform & Dell IOC (Lintasarta), Smart City and Command Centre (TEMARA), Smart Government (TEMARA/Gorilla).
- Smart industry: 5G is shaping conversations across the mining and oil & gas industry, with new technologies such as private network, AI, IoT & edge computing making big promises on their ability to optimize processes and create more value added. Sample use cases, include Private Network for Situational Awareness (Nokia), Collaborative Robot (Nokia), Mining Compliance Solution (Sensync), Smart Surveillance (Idealab), Smart Manufacturing (MPS), Smart Visual Inspection (IBM).
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