Starlink to start internet trials in Indonesia

11 April 2024

SpaceX has applied to Indonesia's government for an internet service provider (ISP) permit.

Starlink is expected to conduct internet service trials this year in Indonesia’s new capital city, Nusantara, which is scheduled to be inaugurated later in 2024.

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Banglalink to finance 4G smartphone purchases with partners

11 April 2024

Banglalink has partnered with mobile financial service provider bKash and City Bank to finance 4G smartphone purchases for customers to make the devices more affordable and in turn boost 4G adoption.

Under the agreement, customers who want to buy a 4G smartphone can use the bKash app to get a nano-loan based collateral-free Pay Later option to pay for the device. 

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Q&A

10 April 2024

Manu Krishna, CEO, Tarantula

Who was your hero when you were growing up?

Growing up, my hero was undoubtedly my father. During my school years, he toiled away in the Middle East, miles apart from us. Reflecting on those days now, I’m in awe of how he effortlessly balanced his demanding job with his duties at home, never once letting us feel neglected. As a father myself, I now understand and deeply appreciate all the sacrifices he made for our family.

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New models for tower power and management

10 April 2024

James Gray, director of telecom strategy, PowerX

Towercos have long been the enabler of rural coverage and connectivity expansion in Southeast Asia (SEA). But as digitalisation of the region continues to boom - with strong consumer and commercial adoption driving data demand - rapid urbanisation and next-generation technology uptake is putting pressure on mobile operators to increase points of presence (PoPs) and deliver 5G.

Operators are now looking increasingly to towercos to provide efficient, reliable and low-cost urban co-locations in growing urban environments. These challenges are compounded by the increased complexity of tower management, driven by rising numbers of tower tenants (lease-up rate, LUR) and uptake of Open RAN. Highly integrated use of facilities means future towercos of SEA need to be collaborative and intelligent - and make a paradigm shift in their approach to asset management. A new model for tower power management and operations is needed, one rooted in real-time insights from data science and machine learning.

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