Nokia and Indosat Ooredoo launch 5G network in Indonesia

The two companies have announced the launch of commercial 5G services in Surabaya city, Indonesia to deliver incredible 5G experiences to subscribers

Through the partnership, Nokia’s latest 5G AirScale portfolio to be deployed across Indonesia’s central islands and with Indosat Ooredoo the company work with the University of Oulu.

With the University, the two companies will launch the Nokia 5G Experience Center providing a platform for the development of innovative new use cases by local digital talent.

Indosat Ooredoo’s customers will also experience new enterprise and industrial use cases underpinned by the new 5G network as part of its deal with Nokia.

Ahmad Al-Neama, President Director and CEO at Indosat Ooredoo, said: “I am deeply humbled and proud to launch Indosat Ooredoo’s 5G services in Surabaya aligned with our commitment to being the forefront of the 5G revolution in Indonesia. This technology will help unleash many opportunities for the region’s education, people, and economy.” 

As the result of our collaboration with ITS, Nokia, and the University of Oulu Finland, the advanced Nokia 5G Experience Center will complete the innovation and development of local content use cases relevant to the city. With the full supports from Government, Indosat Ooredoo continues to accelerate Indonesia’s transformation into a digital and 5G-enabled nation," he added.

Bringing faster and wider mobile coverage to Indonesia

To bring 5G to Indonesia, Nokia will supply equipment from its latest ReefShark based AirScale product range, including its AirScale Single RAN portfolio for both indoor and outdoor coverage. 

While cutting costs for the operator to run its network, these solutions will also offer faster speeds and wider mobile coverage.

On top of providing this latest equipment, Nokia will also deploy its dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) solution. This will allow Indosat Ooredoo to use its 4G networks spectrum for 5G services, decreasing the time it takes to get 5G up and running.

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “We are excited to launch commercial 5G services in Indonesia with Indosat Ooredoo as its trusted partner.” 

“Our AirScale portfolio will deliver best-in-class services to its subscribers and I look forward to working hand in hand with them on this project moving forward. The opening of the Nokia 5G Experience Center will also provide a platform to drive innovation in the country,” he continued.

Partnering with the University of Oulu

With the two companies’ partners, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology and the University of Oulu, Nokia and Indosat Ooredoo will also open the Nokia 5G Experience Centre at ITS’ facilities in Surabaya.

The site includes a Centre of Creativity designed for technology developers and ITS students to explore and develop new 5G use cases to drive innovation and socio-economic development in Indonesia. 

It will also include a Centre of Knowledge with 5G millimetre-wave capability to simulate a live 5G environment for testing a range of 5G uses cases. Its Centre of Excellence will offer professional 5G certifications and other academic programs to support the development of local digital talent.

This announcement comes after the Nokia CEO said he aims to catch the next wave of 5G investment. The company missed out on market share places in North America causing the CEO to say at a Citi investor conference the company will target Europe, Latin America, Africa, and India going forward.


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