Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information, known locally as KemKominfo, has clarified that it is reviewing plans for a phased shutdown of 3G services in the country.
Earlier this month, communications minister Johnny G Plate called for Indonesian operators to start gradually winding down their 3G offerings to make way for more effective 4G and 5G services. However, the ministry’s standards coordinator Indra Utama noted that 4G services are still unavailable in some regions, so any shutdown of 3G services would require a review.
Antara News cited the official as saying: “The 3G network can already be served by 4G services. If both co-exist, it will be superfluous for the operator.” However, Utama noted that 12,548 villages of a total 83,218 remain unconnected to 4G networks, meaning that they are reliant on 3G services to deliver internet access.
“If the 4G network is not available yet, that means they still need 3G, and it will be maintained until 4G reaches those regions”, clarified Utama.