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4G Technology Encourages Digital Transformation

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JAKARTA -The presence of 4G or Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology introduced by operators by the end of 2015, makes mobile industry in Indonesia more dynamic.

According to GSMA Intelligence data, 4G penetration in the third quarter / 2017 has reached 21% or increased significantly from 7.9% in the third quarter / 2016. The impact of the penetration has made the number of 4G users in the country jump from 34 million in the third quarter / 2016 to 85.5 million in the third quarter / 2017.

A capable network is fueling the population of more and more smartphones. This ultimately encourages the growth of more complete digital ecosystems due to the presence of a variety of applications and content that the public interest, whether entertainment, e-commerce, health, business, games, education, and others.

CEO of Cellular Network Uday Rayana said that in addition to impacting people’s lifestyles, high-speed mobile networks have become the key to digital transformation because intelligent solutions through various mobile devices are proven to drive effectiveness and efficiency in business processes.

Behind the rapid development of this application, he said, there are several technologies that allow to continue to grow, including mobile broadband networks, sensors, man-machine interfaces, cloud computing, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

“The various mobile technologies will meet and integrate, create new applications for products and services, while encouraging the digital transformation of all industries,” he continued in an official statement on Saturday (5/5/2018).

Selular Network also held an annual event that is Mobile Congress 2018 with the theme of Exploring The Future of Mobile. The Forum was attended by about 1,000 participants, comprised of industry experts, corporate leaders, academics, regulators and policymakers and media crews.

“All will work together to discuss digital transformation in various fields, how can we work together to explore the future of the mobile industry, to a better Indonesia,” he explained.

Swedish network vendor Ericsson predicts that LTE will become more dominant worldwide, including Indonesia, throughout 2018. By 2016, there are only 10% of LTE subscribers in the country.

However, the surging smartphone population, especially the affordable 4G smarthone, Ericsson is projecting 4G total users to be 65% by 2022.

Increased 4G penetration in turn provides business opportunities for mobile operators. Particularly, it concerns the potential for further expansion into new uses as part of efforts to realize a more digital Indonesia.

“Such applications are connected to Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Big Data devices, thereby encouraging the positive changes that occur in people’s lives,” Uday explained.

According to the IoT Indonesia IoT Forum, IoT’s potential to increase productivity in Indonesia by 2022 is estimated to reach Rp444 trillion, with 400 million interconnected sensors (devices). The amount will continue to increase to about Rp1.700 trillion in 2025.

Of the 400 million connected devices, the manufacturing sector accounts for 16%, followed by healthcare 15%, insurance 11%, banking and securities 10%, retail and trade 8%. Meanwhile, the rest includes computing services, government, transportation, and others.

Once the strategic use of IoT and Big Data, Selular Network plans to lift it in a single subject at the Mobile Congress titled Generating Value Through IoT and Big Data.

“In this session, operators, network providers and content providers will share experience and best practice how IoT and Big Data can be used to solve various solutions,” he said.

In addition, the theme to be lifted is The Future of Consumption, which will explore new trading tools that reshape customer expectations and satisfaction.

Another theme is Creating New Business Model with 5G, where 5G technology has the potential for Indonesia to generate an additional revenue of 30% or US $ 6 billion for operators in 2026.

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