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Indonesia is the first Southeast Asia country to use 5G mining technology for Freeport

Indonesia is the first Southeast Asia country to use 5G mining technology for Freeport

According to Erick Thohir, Indonesia's Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, the country would be the first in ASEAN to adopt 5G technology in the mining industry.

5G mining, he claims, will be available in May 2022. Freeport and Telkom Group collaborated to develop 5G mining, new technology in the mining industry.

"We will launch 5G mining as the first country in Southeast Asia this year in May," Erick Thohir announced at the University of North Sumatra Medan on Sunday (09/01/2022).

The reason for the launch of 5G Mining, according to Erick, is that it is difficult for humans to operate in mining or mining on the inside without the use of tools.

Finally, autonomous vehicles and robotics are used in deep mines, with employees controlling the robots remotely.

"We expect the President to visit Freeport in six months to see the launch of 5G mining, which is the first time Freeport has collaborated with the Telkom Group in Southeast Asia. The purpose of 5G mining is, of course, to preserve operational security ", said Erick on Tuesday, October 12 during the groundbreaking of the smelter in the Gresik Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Gresik Regency, East Java.

According to Erick, the company's top focus when mining is worker safety. As a result, he claims, innovation is developed by combining communication connectivity with underground mining equipment.

Erick also mentioned that the mining trucks that transport the dug materials will be connected to the system. The technique is thought to be capable of lowering the likelihood of workplace accidents in the mining industry.

PT Freeport, in conjunction with Telkom Group, will exhibit 5G mining technologies, according to SOE Minister Erick Thohir.

Telkom was quick to emphasize the need for 5G for this testing, claiming that the low latency would be critical in avoiding potentially devastating operational errors.

"You can imagine if the vehicle's response is too late or after advancing a few meters, the equipment could tumble into a ravine," Christian Guna Gustiana, the general manager of Telkomsel's Network Strategic Roadmap, told the reporters.

Because what is done is in the category of deep mines, the function of 5G is very vital protection for the workforce in it, in addition to preserving operational security.

Another noteworthy point, according to Erick, is that 5G mining will boost integrated connectivity by implementing a hyperconnected network.

There is a sophisticated autonomous car or autonomous truck plan in place. This Ministry of SOEs preparation maximizes the relationship between Freeport and Telkom.

This is the latest in a long line of 5G-related mining pilots that are going place around the world. At least three such announcements have been made in the last three months: Ericsson announced in October that it was partnering with Russian operator MTS to build a 5G-ready private network for an iron ore mine in the Republic of Karelia; Nokia announced similar plans for a 5G standalone private network in a goldmine in Finland in November; and Ericsson announced just this week that it was partnering with location tech specialist HERE to develop custom mapping tools for mining.

Mining appears to be one of the first industries to properly explore the potential of 5G as the globe rushes to embrace Industry 4.0.

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