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Indosat Ooredoo, a leading digital telecommunication company in Indonesia, and Cisco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and intend to collaborate on the development of next-generation connectivity solutions for businesses of all sizes. The partnership aims to accelerate the digital agenda of Indonesia by bringing the benefits of advance connectivity and network solutions to businesses of all sizes and across various industries.

The collaboration will especially focus on developing appropriate technologies and solutions by developing applications that enable new services to achieve the joint strategies vision for digital transformation. 

The announcement comes as Indonesia welcomes more commercial launches of 5G services in the country. Indosat Ooredoo’s expertise and in-depth understanding of the local market, coupled with Cisco’s global leadership in networking and 5G technologies, will create the right synergies to play a pivotal role in enabling Indonesia’s long-term vision on economic and digital transformation priorities. 

The MoU was signed by Indosat Ooredoo and Cisco in San Jose, California. Under the terms of the MoU, Cisco intends to work closely with Indosat Ooredoo on its architectural transformation to help unlock the commercial potential of secure, agile connectivity solutions for businesses of all sizes. In addition, the partnership seeks to strengthen Indosat Ooredoo’s mobile and fiber network for more commercial launches of 5G and high-speed connectivity service, which will enable it to provision capabilities such as low-latency, managed Wi-Fi, and managed SD-WAN technology services, which will differentiate its offerings and position in the 5G era. 

“We are excited about the next phase of our evolution, which will pave the way for massive innovation and give rise to a new breed of services that benefit the Indonesian economy. As businesses continue to transform and embed digital solutions to their offering, we’re proud to partner with Cisco to deliver next-generation connectivity solutions to businesses of all sizes. We believe that this strategic partnership will play an important role in supporting the Government to accelerate digital transformation in Indonesia,” said Ahmad Al-Neama, President Director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo.

The transition to 5G is fundamental for Indosat Ooredoo’s vision, as it forms the foundation for future solutions, including smart city, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and other vertical services. Virtualization and network automation will play a prominent role in the service provider’s strategic blueprint, creating a scalable network that supports the creation of new services in the fastest and most agile way possible. 

“More than ever before, people, businesses, governments, and communities have come to rely on the power of connections to keep the world running. The internet has gone from being a must-have to a critical lifeline as the world has grappled with the pandemic over the past 18 months. As we look at the post-pandemic future, connectivity will play an even more critical role in every aspect of our lives. Our collaboration with Indosat Ooredoo will see the best of both companies come together to deliver the next-generation network infrastructure powered software-defined routed optical networks, which will enable service agility and digital value plays for small, medium, and large enterprises in the 5G era,” said Sanjay Kaul, President Asia Pacific and Japan, Service Provider Business, Cisco Systems. 

The two companies will also develop use cases that accelerate the deployment of next-generation network connectivity and 5G services across different customer segments. Another key element of the collaboration aims to ensure 5G preparedness that underpins Indosat Ooredoo’s commitment to a safe and secure customer experience throughout the country. 

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