4 Advanced Telecommunication Networks to Support IKN Transformation into a Smart City

4 Advanced Telecommunication Networks to Support IKN Transformation into a Smart City
4 Advanced Telecommunication Networks to Support IKN Transformation into a Smart City

The Indonesian government has set its sights on transforming the Nusantara Capital City (IKN) into a cutting-edge smart city. This ambitious project is getting a boost from four key telecommunications infrastructures.

According to Troy Pantouw, the spokesperson for the Nusantara Capital City Authority (OIKN), building a smart city in IKN requires robust internet networks to support various activities. To achieve this goal, efforts are underway to develop four telecommunications networks.

Firstly, the focus is on laying down fiber optic cables, which serve as the primary backbone, particularly in the Core Government Center Area (KIPP) IKN 1A. Additionally, the last mile connections are being established within buildings and residences to ensure widespread access.

“Fiber optic cables are crucial for providing Wi-Fi internet services in buildings and homes,” explained Troy, emphasizing the importance of this foundational infrastructure, quoted by Bisnis, Thursday (22/2/2024).

Secondly, mobile broadband networks, including the revolutionary 5G technology, are being deployed in the KIPP 1A area. These networks are expected to provide high-speed internet access, catering to the growing demand for connectivity.

In the realm of satellite-based internet technology, plans are in place to enhance connectivity using two types of satellites. The geostationary satellite (GEO) Satria-1 and the low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite from Starlink, spearheaded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, will play pivotal roles in extending coverage.

Troy elaborated, “Satria-1, with speeds of up to 15 Mbps, will be deployed in five priority locations, while Starlink’s LEO satellite, offering speeds of up to 10 Mbps, will be positioned in seven locations within KIPP 1B.”

The government’s vision for IKN’s technological advancement also includes leveraging the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technology. As part of this initiative, a LoRaWAN network is being developed. LoRaWAN, or Long-Range Wide Area Network, is a wireless communication system tailored for IoT devices.

“LoRaWAN will facilitate IoT data transmission without relying on traditional internet networks,” Troy explained, highlighting the network’s versatility in supporting various smart city applications.

The government’s proactive stance towards embracing innovative technologies aligns with its commitment to enhancing efficiency and competitiveness. By investing in state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, Indonesia aims to position itself as a frontrunner in the global digital landscape.

Moreover, the integration of advanced technologies into urban development projects like IKN underscores the government’s determination to foster sustainable growth and improve the quality of life for its citizens.

As Indonesia embarks on its journey towards becoming a smart nation, collaborative efforts between government agencies, private sector stakeholders, and community members will be crucial in driving innovation and realizing the full potential of smart city initiatives.