Nokia Indonesia president director KP Goh, right, and Brian Cho, the company's head of 5G technology, seen at the Nokia 5G Innovation Day in Jakarta on Aug. 15. (JG Photo/Nur Yasmin)

Nokia Promotes 5G Adoption in Indonesia


AUGUST 16, 2019

Jakarta. Finnish telecommunications company Nokia notched up its presence in Indonesia by demonstrating its fifth-generation cellular network technology, or 5G, to local service providers and industry players in Jakarta last week. 

"Nokia played a very important role in the process of rolling out 3G and 4G in Indonesia. Now, we are excited to work with our Indonesian partners to realize the next era of 5G," Nokia Indonesia president director KP Goh said on Aug. 15.

The new technology presents a major upgrade over current 4G connectivity, offering significantly faster data transfer rates – as much as 20 times faster than 4G LTE. It can also support up to a million devices per square kilometer, while the limit is 100,000 for 4G. This can be widely used for private networks with applications in industrial Internet of Things, enterprise networking and critical communications, allowing for equipment to interact in self-running factories and harbors, autonomous cars, interactive virtual reality and more.

Nokia offers an end-to-end solution, which supports businesses in the adoption of maximum indoor network and next-generation fiber access.

"We are seeing great potential for Indonesia to implement 5G in its industries. We know the regulation might be decided in a year or two, and this is a great time for Indonesia to learn about 5G," Goh said.

He added that 5G connectivity allows for better productivity, which will boost the economy. In the United States, the implementation of this technology resulted in new investments worth $275 billion, 3 million new jobs and economic growth of $500 billion by June.

"We believe 5G will bring automation and simplification that will create further efficiency in Indonesia and improve the competitiveness of its products," said Brian Cho, Nokia's head of 5G technology.

He said South Korea is projected to lead in 5G adoption by 2025, followed by the United States, Japan and Europe.

Cho said almost all network operators and the government are eager to implement 5G. However, technical issues, such as frequency coverage and satellite spectrum, still present challenges. 

Indonesia is currently in the preparatory phase to roll out 5G and operators are waiting for frequency allocations and regulations to be put in place. The new technology is also aligned with the government's vision of advancing Industry 4.0.

"With Industry 4.0 just around the corner, businesses and organizations in Indonesia will need to instill confidence in digitalization with more robust ecosystems and connectivity architectures," Goh said.