Indosat Ooredoo, Cisco partner up to upgrade 5G network in Indonesia

Indonesian digital telecommunication firm Indosat Ooredoo and Cisco announced on Wednesday they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of next-generation connectivity solutions for businesses of all sizes.

The announcement comes as Indonesia welcomes more commercial launches of 5G services in the country, the company said in a statement.

“Indosat Ooredoo’s expertise and in-depth understanding of the local market, coupled with Cisco’s global leadership in networking and 5G technologies, will create the right synergies to play a pivotal role in enabling Indonesia’s long-term vision on economic and digital transformation priorities,” both companies said in a joint statement.

PT Indosat Tbk, which is conducting business as Indosat Ooredoo, noted that the partnership aims to accelerate the digital agenda of Indonesia by bringing the benefits of advanced connectivity and network solutions to businesses of all sizes and across various industries.

As such, the collaboration will especially focus on developing appropriate technologies and solutions by developing applications that enable new services to achieve the joint strategies vision for digital transformation, it said.

“We are excited about the next phase of our evolution, which will pave the way for massive innovation and give rise to a variety of services that benefit the Indonesian economy,” Ahmad Al-Neama, President Director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo highlighted.

As businesses continue to transform and embed digital solutions to their offering, he noted, we’re proud to partner with Cisco to deliver next-generation connectivity solutions to businesses of all sizes.

“We believe that this strategic partnership will play an important role in supporting the Government to accelerate digital transformation in Indonesia,” Al-Neama said.

The transition to 5G is fundamental for Indosat Ooredoo’s vision, as it forms the foundation for future solutions, including smart city, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and other vertical services. Virtualization and network automation will play a prominent role in the service provider’s strategic blueprint, creating a scalable network that supports the creation of new services in the fastest and most agile way possible.

In addition, the partnership will see Cisco strengthen Indosat Ooredoo’s mobile and fiber network for more commercial launches of 5G and high-speed connectivity service, which will enable it to provide capabilities such as low-latency, managed Wi-Fi, and managed SD-WAN technology services, which will differentiate its offerings and position in the 5G era.