Last week, Indonesia’s Telkomsel announced that it would launch a 5G network in a matter of days – and it has now switched on services in three cities.
CommsUpdate reports that customers in Balikpapan, Medan and Surakarta can now access the operator’s 5G network. While coverage is currently only available in certain districts, Telkomsel said this would be “gradually expanded.”
The scope of the launch falls well short of the list of cities named last week by Communication and Information minister Johnny G Plate, who stated that the network would be accessible in six residential areas of Jakarta and areas of Denpasar, Batam, Surabaya, Makassar and Bandung, in addition to Balikpapan, Medan and Surakarta.
The operator’s President Director Hendri Mulya Syam said: “As the first 5G operator in Indonesia, Telkomsel continues to make gradual and measurable efforts in expanding the availability of Telkomsel 5G services in Indonesia so that in the future anyone can experience the best 5G experience with the support of a reliable 5G network.”
“The presence of Telkomsel 5G is a symbol of our commitment to advancing each region as the foundation of an inclusive and sustainable national digital ecosystem”, added Syam.