Indonesia explores low Earth orbit satellite

20 December 2021

Indonesia is exploring the latest telecommunication technology, the low earth orbit (LEO) satellite, in a bid to spur digital transformation.

The country’s coordinating minister for economic affairs Airlangga Hartaro underlined the digital transformation requires adequate telecommunication infrastructure, such as satellites and fibre optics.

“There is new technology named the low Earth technology named the low earth orbit satellite for an archipelagic country like Indonesia,” he added. “This is being explored and is needed globally because this infrastructure is easier to launch given the available providers.”

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TM and Tata Communications partner for IP transit services in ASEAN

04 October 2021

Tata Communications has inked a deal with Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) to offer stable, high-speed and reliable connectivity in the ASEAN region and open access to global enterprises.

It is understood the collaboration will enable Tata Communications to optimise TM’s presence within the region through terrestrial networks and submarine cables to neighbouring countries.

The submarine cables in the network include the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand submarine cable for connectivity to Indochina and, Nusantara Gateway submarine cable for connectivity to Indonesia.

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Nepal Telecom begins process for 5G services

03 March 2021

Nepales watchdog Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has determined the 5G frequency, setting the wheels in motion for expansion of 5G service country-wide.

According to reports, the board approved the frequency identified by the National Frequency Management Forum under the Authority.

Spokesperson for NTA, Meen Prasad Aryal, was quoted as saying that a proposal has been presented to the National Radio Frequency Policy Determination Committee for the approval of 5G frequency so determined.

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Bharti Airtel first to demo 5G

23 February 2021

Bharti Airtel became the first telecom operator to demonstrate its capability to roll out 5G wireless services in India, beating rival Reliance Jio Infocomm in the process.

The former said it conducted on-field trials in Hyderabad to establish its ability to launch 5G, or fifth generation, services. This new wireless service will pave the way for super-fast internet speeds and power internet of things (IoT) applications, such as driverless cars and smart cities.

Airtel’s achievement is also a boost for the company, which has been struggling to play catch-up with Jio for the past few years and has ceded its leadership in the Indian telecom market. The latter plans to launch the service later this year but has yet to complete trials.

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