Indonesia Gears Up for Massive 5G Adoption, Envisioning 50 Million Users by 2024

Indonesia Gears Up for Massive 5G Adoption
Indonesia Gears Up for Massive 5G Adoption (photo: Envato elements)

In the rapidly evolving age of technology, a reliable and swift internet connection has become a global standard. Indonesia, aligning with this technological wave, is actively striving to provide high-speed internet by advancing the reach of 5G networks. Projections from the Internet of Things Association (Asioti) suggest that approximately 50 million users will be connected to this cutting-edge cellular network by the year 2024.

Looking ahead, Teguh Prasetya, the Chairman of ASIOTI, envisions a continuous push from mobile operators in deploying 5G networks, particularly in urban and indoor spaces throughout this year.

Teguh optimistically expresses, “Let’s hope that by 2024, we witness a massive implementation of 5G, enhancing connectivity in urban areas and bolstering indoor coverage,” as reported by Bisnis on Monday (1/1/2024).

Diving into the technical landscape, it’s crucial to understand the three primary use cases for 5G. Firstly, there’s enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), showcasing quicker data transmission. Additionally, there’s machine-type communication (MTC), seamlessly integrated into smart devices (IoT), and low-latency communications (URLLC), commonly used in automated vehicle systems.

However, the current adoption in Indonesia, predominantly in major cities, revolves around the first use case, eMBB. Teguh expresses his hope for a broader implementation of 5G use cases, especially in several major cities.

Beyond this, Teguh anticipates a surge in private networks based on 5G this year, particularly in industrial sectors like mining, oil and gas, agriculture, and plantations. Teguh speculates that the estimated number of devices connected to private 5G networks could range between 3 to 6 million units.

Expanding on the infrastructure, Teguh emphasizes the need for an increased deployment of fixed broadband access, particularly in satellite cities and rural areas.

According to his projections, if this initiative takes root, the usage of fixed broadband based on 5G is poised to reach an impressive 30 million households by the year 2024. As an additional nugget of information, technology giant Qualcomm estimates that the adoption of 5G since 2020 could contribute a substantial Rp2.8 trillion, equivalent to 9.3% of Indonesia’s GDP, by the year 2035.

Delving deeper into the societal impact, Nies Purwati, Senior Director of Government Affairs at Qualcomm, asserts that the advent of 5G has the potential to create approximately 4.4 million new employment opportunities. This not only signifies a technological shift but also points towards a significant economic and employment boost on the horizon.