Indonesian Government signs 5G deal with Huawei
Published 3 December 2020
Indonesia has signed a deal with Huawei to develop 5G in the country, the first agreement of its kind that the Government has entered into.
As part of a Memorandum of Understanding, a series of collaborations across multiple organisations are expected. According to NikkeiAsia, the agreement will see Huawei assisting the Indonesian government in 5G and other related tech fields, including training 100,000 professionals in next-generation tech skills, such as cloud computing.
Next, Indonesia’s second-largest telco, Indosat Ooredoo, will be assisted by Huawei with the installment of 5G infrastructure that will be powered by SRv6, the first segment routing technology of its kind in the Asia Pacific.
On top of that, the Chinese tech giant will also be working with an Indonesian Government agency in the development of AI.
Both Ericsson and Nokia have launched tests for 5G in Indonesia, but ‘Huawei equipment are 20-30% less costly, and the quality is advancing’, according to a person close to Telekomunikasi Indonesia, the state-owned telecom, who spoke to NikkeiAsia.
“With Huawei’s help, we expect to bring the level of our human resources up to international standards,” said a source close to the Indonesian presidential office to NikkeiAsia.
Huawei has been actively partnering with governments and enterprises in Southeast Asia to expand its digital footprint in the region, particularly in Indonesia and Thailand.
Huawei currently has a 5G research center, and two data centers in Thailand with a third one coming in 2021. In October, the Thai Government signed a three-year MoU with Huawei that will see the company provide tech upskill training to ICT professionals in Thailand.
By Jie Yee Ong, Tech Reporter