Indosat Ooredoo rolls out OpenRAN field trials on 4G network

Indonesia's Indosat Ooredoo rolls out OpenRAN field trials on 4G network

Indosat Ooredoo, the wireless telecommunications provider in Indonesia, has conducted OpenRAN (Radio Access Network) field trials on its video grade 4G network, including proof of concept and functional testing.

 According to a press release from the Indonesian operator, these field trials were carried out in several locations in the Maluku region from March to the end-April. The trials were supported by the Telecom Infra Project's (TIP) OpenRAN Project Group and Parallel Wireless.

OpenRAN is a technology that supports open and interoperable RAN interfaces that enables connectivity between hardware and software from different telecommunications vendors.

The disaggregation in OpenRAN is expected to reduce the cost of network provision further so that it can be a solution for cellular operators and the government to accelerate the expansion of the 4G network to the interior of Indonesia, including the 3T (Disadvantaged, Frontier and Outermost) areas.

Medhat Elhusseiny, Chief Technology and Information Officer of Indosat Ooredoo, said: “The success of field trials in several locations in the Maluku region has further strengthened Indosat Ooredoo’s position as a pioneer in implementing the latest technological innovations to build telecommunications infrastructure more quickly and efficiently. We believe the flexibility that OpenRAN offers, especially in deploying video grade 4G networks, will contribute positively to the acceleration of social and economic development in Indonesia."

Meanwhile, David Hutton, TIP’s Chief Engineer, said that these field trials represent a very significant step towards OpenRAN adoption in Indonesia, through the validation of the Parallel Wireless solution against the requirements that Indosat Ooredoo has contributed to TIP’s OpenRAN Project Group.

"The results of the trials will be a tool for the TIP OpenRAN community to learn and make further progress to expand the global adoption of OpenRAN technologies,” he added.

Anuj Sharma, Director of Sales at Parallel Wireless, said, “Indosat Ooredoo is setting new standards globally for providing better internet services for their customers, by validating a virtualized OpenRAN. Indosat Ooredoo is the first cellular operator in Indonesia to run field validation of cloud-native, state-of-the-art, LTE 900 technology within their OpenRAN architecture and successfully delivering the same 4G network quality as conventional RAN. We are proud to support Indosat Ooredoo in reimagining their wireless infrastructure, ensuring equal access and the best data experiences in Indonesia.”

Field trials will be carried out for one whole month to see the performance and reliability of OpenRAN equipment connected to other conventional RAN equipment.

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