To support the preparation of Indonesia’s new capital, Indosat Ooredoo launches 5G services in Balikpapan


  • Starts 5G in the fifth city after Solo, Jakarta, Surabaya and Makassar
  • 5G accelerates the digital transformation and increases the competitiveness of the industry

Indosat Ooredoo launched its 5G commercial services in Balikpapan.

In a statement, the leading digital telecommunications company said this launch represents yet another commitment to advancing the Indonesian 5G revolution, following earlier launches in Solo, Jakarta, Surabaya and Makassar and the beginning of a new chapter pioneering Indonesia’s digital transformation.

Ahmad Al-Neama, President Director and Chief Executive Officer of Indosat Ooredoo, 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, mainly to aid the preparation of Indonesia’s new capital, Penajam Paser Utara, near Balikpapan, and we hope that this introduction will also significantly increase the competitiveness of the industry in the region . “

On this occasion, the Deputy IV. Of the Coordination Ministry for Economics, Dr. Ir. Mohammad Rudy Salahuddin, MEM said, “We appreciate Indosat Ooredoo’s commitment to delivering commercial 5G services in Balikpapan and hope that this 5G technology will accelerate the implementation of Smart City, Smart Government and Smart Industry by one to enable rapid economic recovery in the region so that it also becomes an accelerator of the national economy. “

According to data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Balikpapan is the main city of East Kalimantan, with manufacturing being the main economic driver. Manufacturing accounted for 47% of the regional gross domestic product in 2020, while marine fisheries have become the largest contributor to the agricultural sector.

Governor of East Kalimantan, Isran Noor, said: “Balikpapan has a lot to offer in terms of natural resources with their enormous potential. So we hope that 5G technology will transform the way industry works to drive innovation, create jobs and boost exports. “

Nokia Indonesia President Director KP Goh said this launch marks the second time Nokia has supported the launch of Indosat Ooredoo’s 5G services in Indonesia, following an earlier one in Surabaya, East Java.

“Nokia is excited to help make the transformative power of 5G a reality for the region, particularly in preparing to relocate Indonesia’s new capital near Balikpapan.”

Coinciding with the launch of commercial 5G services in Balikpapan, Indosat Ooredoo and the Kalimantan Institute of Technology signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the education sector and take advantage of 5G technology.

The advent of Indosat Ooredoo 5G’s commercial services in Balikpapan offers some of the most advanced use cases including:

  • Smart city: 5G as a crucial turning point in the development of smart cities as fast connectivity, low latency and the ability to handle large numbers of connections will improve citizens’ lifestyles and collaboration. Sample use cases include SKOTA-Horizontal Platform & Dell IOC (Lintasarta), Smart City and Command Center (TEMARA), Smart Government (TEMARA / Gorilla).
  • Smart industry: 5G is shaping conversations in the mining and oil and gas industries, with new technologies like private networks, AI, IoT, and edge computing making big promises in terms of their ability to streamline processes and create more value. Example 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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