Building an IoT ecosystem for everyone and everywhere

The future of 5G and the Internet of Things is happening all around us—we’re seeing it in everything from personalized, virtual assistants that make everyday routines more efficient, to virtual emergency rooms where every second matters and communication is crucial.

Infrastructure and ecosystem for 5G

Development of 5G and the IoT has come at a fast, seemingly unstoppable rate, but all roads leading to 5G are not the same. While many established markets have either already adapted to, or preempted, the arrival of 5G through an established infrastructure and user base, obstacles still remain for much of the developing world.

At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ericsson’s own Arun Bhikshesvaran, VP of Ericsson North America, joined by Ericsson CTO, Erik Ekudden, had a chance to sit down with CTOs and CTIOs at some of the world’s largest telecoms to discuss this topic. Among the panelists, Yessie Yosetya, Technology Director at XL Axiata, spoke to Indonesia’s own unique set of challenges—in particular, infrastructure, safety and resources—and how partnerships with industries and government agencies are helping providing long term solutions.

“In terms of 5G infrastructure, there are a lot of things that we still need to catch up on.” Yosetya said during the panel. “5G and IoT really requires an ecosystem to be in place. First, we need the government to make sure frequency is available. Second, in terms of industries themselves, we've already seen an embrace [of this technology] with sensors for mining plantations, so creating a use case for our sensors is actually there, but it has to be industry driven.

“So first is government in terms of frequencies, second is industry, and third is actually us [XL Axiata],” Yosetya continued.

Knowledge management and machine learning

While Yosetya predicts that Indonesia may be a few years away from that 5G ecosystem, another key factor in its development—one that has already been set into motion—is a centralized knowledge-sharing system with fellow telecom providers.

“If there's a centralized knowledge management system, and if we are using that wealth of knowledge in helping us to run the operation better, that will benefit us the most,” described Yosetya. “Injecting machine learning capabilities allows us to be able to be predictive instead of reactive; operations, most of the time, we’re fire-fighting rather than doing work preemptively. This way we can be in a better situation running the operations.”

To learn more about how countries like Indonesia are preparing for 5G and the IoT, we invite you to watch the video below, or for further information, reach out to your Ericsson representative.


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