Indonesian operator XL Axiata announced on Thursday their receival of a 5G network operating license from the country’s Ministry of Communication and Information, the company said in a statement.
The announcement came after the local telco passed the required Operational Appropriate Test (ULO) that was carried out earlier this month to obtain its Operational Appropriate Certificate (SKLO).
“Today, we together welcome XL Axiata which has just received Operation Eligibility Certificate (SKLO) for 5G services,” said minister of communications and informatics Johnny G Plate during the granting event that was held at the office of the ministry.
“XL Axiata is declared ready to operate,” Plate highlighted.
As per the agreement, the 5G network service will be carried out on a frequency band of 1800 MHz or 1.8 GHz, with a bandwidth of 20 MHz in the range of 1807.5 MHz to 1827.5 MHz.
This move will enable XL Axiata to gradually expand its service area coverage in four cities.
“Our 5G network will be available in four cities, namely Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Surabaya, with limited area coverage starting mid-August 2021,” said the company’s CEO Dian Siswarini.
It’s worth noting that the operator’s 4G LTE network also continues to be expanded, as it has reached 458 cities in various regions in Indonesia, according to XL Axiata.