Nusantara’s telecoms infrastructure to be ready by August, says OIKN

Nusantara’s telecoms infrastructure to be ready by August, says OIKN

The Nusantara Capital Authority (OIKN) said on Monday that the shared telecoms infrastructure for Indonesia's planned new capital city of Nusantara will be operational by August this year.

The US$30 billion Nusantara project has been under construction since July 2022. While the overall goal is to relocate up to 1.9 million people in Jakarta to Nusantara by 2045, the Indonesian government plans to start moving some key functions from Jakarta to Nusantara in August next year.

That means Nusantara’s telecoms infrastructure has to be in place by then, said OIKN deputy for facilities and infrastructure Silvia Halim.

"All must be ready and operate in August this year," she said, according to Antara news agency.

Halim said that OIKN appointed Telkom Indonesia and PLN Icon Plus last year to provide joint telecoms infrastructure, including fibre optic networks and cellular base stations. The only candidates considered were those that already had permits when OIKN tendered the project, and already had infrastructure in the North Penajam Paser district where Nusantara is located, the report said.

The shared telecoms infrastructure is in line with the government’s goal of designing Nusantara as a sustainable city, the report added.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been pushing the project partly as a practical measure to reduce Jakarta’s population and traffic congestion, and partly as an opportunity to start fresh with a world-class green smart city.

Last November, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison reportedly confirmed that had already installed 30 4G sites in Nusantara, and had invested US$10 million to add another 30 to 40 sites to boost the network. The same month, Telkom Indonesia and KT Corp signed an MoU to collaborate on a smart city project for Nusantara.

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