Many countries have already deployed and commercialized networks 5G, however, as of this writing, the network is not yet present in Indonesia. The reason? It is clear about regulation, because cellular operators in Indonesia have tried out the 5th generation network several times.
There are even several operators that have tested the 5G network since two years ago, namely in 2018. These operators are Telkomsel, XL Axiata, and Indosat Ooredoo.
Telkomsel for example, they conducted a 5G test to welcome the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium. In testing at that time, Telkomsel used the 28Ghz spectrum, which resulted in internet speeds above 16Gbps.
Such a fast connection is used to show driverless cars, also through a number of events at the Telkomsel 5G Experience Center, Live Streaming, Football 2020, Future Driving, and Cycling Everywhere.
Then there is XL Axiata, which is testing out 5G and Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) -based services in the Kota Tua area, Jakarta. The 5G service test was carried out with a number of urban environmental management activities.
Examples are waste management, parks, river hygiene maintenance, as well as WiGig for CCTV cameras and high speed internet service via WiFi which is enjoyed for free by visitors in the demo area.
While Indosat Ooredoo did not want to lose. They tested the 5G network through 3D augmented reality (AR) and test beds. In this test speed 5G obtained reaches 10Gbps for each user equipment (UE) of the total 20Gbps available.
Then 3D-AR presents an immersive interactive experience with virtual objects. In the demo, users can see and interact with virtual objects that look alive, such as human anatomy and 360-degree images of planet Earth.
Other operators that have already tested 5G are Smartfren, namely in August 2019. At that time, Smartfren tested the 5G network at the PT Smart cooking oil factory in Bekasi.
In this test, Smartfren’s 5G internet speed reached 8.7Gbps, with an upload speed of up to 163Mbps. Smartfren took ZTE Corporation for the 5G test.
Last is Tri Indonesia, which tested the 5G network in September 2019. The test was conducted at the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya.
The test results showed Tri’s internet speed reached 1.2 Gbps. While the upload speed is 75.9 Mbps with a latency of 11ms.
The 5G trial on the Tri network is the first experiment in Indonesia to be carried out on an end-to-end live system that uses millimeter wave frequencies for 5G gNB radio, 80 GHz for E-Band transport, NSA3x for 5G Core Network in Semarang, as well as HSS, PCRF and VoLTE IMS in Jakarta and 5G devices.
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