U.S. Supports Support Implementation of Open RAN Technology in Indonesia

WARTAINDONESIA EN – Development Agency (USTDA) through the U.S. Trade and The United States (U.S.) is committed to supporting the development of digital infrastructure in Indonesia, including the implementation of Open RAN technology.

This is demonstrated by the provision of a grant to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) for a feasibility study to support the implementation of Open RAN technology in providing cellular wireless connectivity services to 1,621 underserved villages in Indonesia.

“Our partnership with Kominfo will help advance the goals of universal access and Indonesia’s leadership in the adoption of next-generation network technologies,” said USTDA Director Enoh T Ebong.

“This project will further encourage private sector financing models to meet Indonesia’s digital infrastructure needs and create new opportunities for U.S. companies and trusted technology partners to offer solutions in one of the world’s largest telecommunications markets,” he continued.

Open RAN technology offers several advantages for island nations and rural areas where traditional communication infrastructure may be lacking or limited. These benefits can include:

  • Lower implementation and operational costs
  • Greater scalability and automation
  • Increased diversification and competition among technology suppliers
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Reduced environmental impact of telecommunications infrastructure
  • Momentum towards 5G deployment

Open RAN Implementation in Remote Villages

Implementation of Open RAN Technology in Indonesia

Kominfo has selected the Open RAN Telecom Infra Project Inc (TIP) industry association to conduct this research. Several US technology providers are participating by donating equipment and technical expertise, including access equipment manufacturers Mavenir (Richardson, TX) and Parallel Wireless (Nashua, NH), and system integrators IBM (Armonk, NY) and KCCTech (Walnut Creek, CA).

Funding from the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership will be used to assess the commercial and technical feasibility of deploying Open RAN technology to provide cellular wireless connectivity to underserved villages in Indonesia.

The study will include field trials of Open RAN technology that will provide the data needed to inform business models and investment decisions for its implementation.

The activity will also include capacity building and training workshops to build the capacity of public and private sector stakeholders on the technical aspects of Open RAN technology implementation.

Importance of Cooperation with the U.S.

This cooperation is expected to help Indonesia achieve its goal of providing equal and affordable internet access for all its people, and to increase Indonesia’s competitiveness in the digital age.

Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G. Plate welcomed the cooperation. “Open RAN technology has great potential to help Indonesia achieve its goal of providing equal and affordable internet access for all its people,” said Johnny. “This cooperation will help us learn more about this technology and how we can implement it effectively in Indonesia.”

The cooperation with the U.S. in the implementation of Open RAN technology is a strategic step for Indonesia to build a strong and modern digital infrastructure. It is hoped that this cooperation can provide benefits for all Indonesian people, especially in villages that have not yet been served by the internet.

About USTDA

USTDA is an independent agency of the U.S. government that promotes economic development and prosperity in developing countries. USTDA provides grants and financing for projects that involve U.S. technology and U.S. expertise.

About TIP

TIP is a global community of telecom operators, technology vendors, and research organizations working together to develop and promote Open RAN technology.

About Mavenir

Mavenir is a leading provider of network software that helps telecom operators build more flexible, cost-effective, and innovative networks. Mavenir is a leader in Open RAN technology.

About Parallel Wireless

Parallel Wireless is a leading wireless network solution provider that enables telecom operators to provide fast and reliable wireless connectivity in rural and remote areas. Parallel Wireless is a leader in Open RAN technology.

About IBM

IBM is a leading global technology company that offers solutions and services in a variety of areas, including cloud computing, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. IBM is a leader in Open RAN technology.

About KCCTech

KCCTech is a technology consulting firm that helps telecom operators and other companies implement Open RAN technology. KCCTech is a leader in Open RAN technology.

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