Telkom University and TIP Officially Launched the First Laboratory in Southeast Asia
BANDUNG, Telkom University – Telkom University as the best private campus in Indonesia, has the opportunity to become the first Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Community Lab in Southeast Asia and the 14th in the world. The laboratory focused on improving connectivity in Indonesia, and the world was officially launched by the Minister of Communication and Informatics (Menkominfo) Johnny G Plate, online, on Thursday (17/12).
The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a global community of companies and organizations pushing infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity, as it is known that half of the world’s population is still not connected to the internet, and for those who do, connectivity is often insufficient.
This limits access to the many consumer and commercial benefits provided by the internet, thereby affecting global GDP growth. However, the lack of flexibility in current solutions is exacerbated by the limited choice of technology providers making it difficult for operators to build and upgrade networks efficiently.
As part of an effort to significantly improve connectivity in Indonesia, the TIP Community Lab and center of excellence was launched as the first stage of collaboration between GSMA, TIP, the Indonesian government, Telkom University, and cellular network operators to support the ‘Making Indonesia 4.0’ program.
This collaboration will seek to advance digital and economic growth in Indonesia through testing and validating TIPs based on open and disaggregated network technology standards in the Lab and the field, advancing the implementation of commercially viable solutions, building local talent pools, and fostering a strong and robust telecommunications ecosystem. diverse, including the startup economy.
In the future, this laboratory at Telkom University will bring together all cellular operators in Indonesia to work together with other TIP members. This Community Lab will enable participants to evaluate and adopt the solutions developed by the TIP Project Group, and bring new results and requirements back to the TIP community for further development.
Quoting from the telecominfraproject.com website that the purpose of the first TIP Community Lab at Telkom University is to evaluate and validate solutions developed by the TIP community to be adopted and disseminated by all cellular operators in Indonesia. The second is to Accelerate the transition from laboratory to the field, and thus, enable mobile operators and the broader ecosystem to realize the social and commercial benefits of implementing end-to-end TIP-led solutions, whether rural, suburban, or densely populated urban areas.
The third objective is Training to support local System Integrators and a service provider workforce to better serve the ecosystem. And the last is providing workshops, hackathons, and boot camps to introduce new technologies and methodologies, so that ecosystem members are informed about the latest developments and ideas, as well as lessons learned from other ecosystems.
Rector of Telkom University Prof. In his speech, Adiwijaya expressed his gratitude for being part of the collaboration and hosting the TIP Community lab in Indonesia, especially the first community lab in Southeast Asia.
“Through this collaboration, we and GSMA, Cellular Operators, government and Industry, this lab will be a focal point for the development of solutions and innovations, and we hope this collaboration will support the creation of a stronger and more connected Indonesia shortly through the expansion of digital connectivity. new digital platforms, and digital services. ” He explained.
The Minister of Communication and Information, Johnny G Plate, conveyed that the collaboration between the government and the telecommunications industry and academics, through the TIP Community Lab at Telkom University, the equality of digitalization and national connectivity will grow rapidly.
“As the first TIP Community Lab in Southeast Asia, we hope to improve connectivity in Indonesia, so that in the future there will be no more blind spots in Indonesia. We hope this collaboration can provide local solutions to help solve ICT infrastructure problems in Indonesia.” He said.
In the launching of the TIP Community Lab this time, several companies also donated technologies that can be utilized at the TIP Community Lab Telkom University, including Baicells as a form of support for “Making Indonesia 4.0” providing end to end 5G OpenRAN System to the TIP Community Lab Telkom University, as well as training on 5G.
Also, there are Comba and IBM who also grant research, certification, and commercialization, as well as training related to OpenRan technology, where all grants are given by a number of these companies, has one goal, namely, Making Indonesia 4.0.
The launching of the TIP Community Lab Telkom University was filled with a webinar entitled “OpenRAN for ICT Business in Southeast Asia” which presented 17 speakers from the government, practitioners, and academics.