Digitalization Acceleration and National Connectivity with TIP Lab at Telkom University
Bandung, Telkom University – On Tuesday (1/12), in order to welcome the Grand Launching of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Lab at Telkom University on December 17, 2020 will organize a Panel Discussions on Indonesia Ecosystem For Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Lab at Tel-U by holding a Webinar Series entitled Welcome to OpenRAN for Future Indonesia by presenting a series of speakers including the Director General of Resources and Equipment of Post and Information Technology, Dr. Ir. Ismail, MT; President Director of PT Telekomunikasi Seluler, Setyanto Hantoro; and the Managing Director of XL Axiata, Dian Siswarini.
Telkom University as the best private campus in Indonesia, was chosen as the first Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Community Lab in Southeast Asia and the 14th in the world with a global collaboration between the Global System Mobile Association (GSMA), Telecom Infra Project (TIP), Ministry of Communications and Information (Ditjen SDPPI), Telkom University, and cellular mobile network operators. Meanwhile, this collaboration aims to accelerate the equal distribution of digitalization and national connectivity through collaboration with the telecommunications industry and academics by launching the Community Lab Project (TIP).
Rector of Telkom University, Prof. Dr. Adiwijaya stated that TIP Community Lab Telkom University will bring cellular operators to work hand in hand with other TIP members around the world.
“Regarding the TIP Community Lab, this is our step to make Indonesia a better one. Tel-U must contribute more to the development of digital platforms / talents. The future is not awaited, but we create. With the tips, I hope the researchers can take part directly, collaborating in realizing the golden Indonesia 2045. Tel-U invites the audience to contribute / join in realizing Indonesia 4.0. “Said Adiwijaya.
Setyanto Hantoro emphasized that transformation is a must, to be adaptive in facing various situations that we never thought of (read: pandemic). “We need to get used to using a digital platform, so we don’t miss it. We must be aware, not only of infrastructure, but the use of digital technology needs to be even more intense. Especially for MSMEs, most Indonesia’s economic structure is supported by MSMEs. “he explained.
However, it cannot be denied that constraints in equal distribution of network infrastructure are common problems. In particular, Indonesia has a geographic area with mountainous terrain, islands and a scattered rural population. To address this problem, it requires an enormous amount of investment in terrestrial, or submarine optical fiber, and satellite procurement.
“Another solution could be as a technological breakthrough. Novel approaches such as the Open Radio Access Network (RAN) can be an alternative to make infrastructure more affordable, this collaboration is expected to advance digital and economic growth in Indonesia through testing open and disaggregated network technologies. “Explained Ismail.
In addition, this activity also involved discussions with several openRAN experts, namely Abdul Ghonny, an openRAN practitioner who works at Rakuten Japan, Mr. Yudhi Rahadian, an openRAN practitioner in Germany, Mr. Aulia Velmy, Facebook connectivity technology & ecosystem manager APAC, Heru Sutadi, a telco observer.
For the next Webinar, the theme will be “OpenRAN for Supporting Indonesia Digital Economy” which will present Dr. Ismail, MT (Director General of Resources and Equipment of Post and Information Technology), Arief Mustain (Director & Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer of Indosat Ooredoo), Merza Fachlys (President Directore Smartfren Telecom) and Aulia Velmy (Connectivity Technology & Ecosystem Manager at Facebook) on December 8, 2020.