NEC joins Telkom Indonesia’s Nusantara smart city project

NEC joins Telkom Indonesia’s Nusantara smart city project

NEC Indonesia says it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Telkom Indonesia to collaborate in developing smart cities in the upcoming new capital city of Ibu Kota Nusantara (IKN), as well as other Indonesian cities.

Under the MoU, which was announced on Friday, Telkom Indonesia and NEC will formulate a strategy, roadmap, design, architecture and implementation plan for smart city projects in Nusantara.

The smart city projects will aim to adopt digital technologies in city operations to create a more sustainable and livable environment for citizens.

NEC will also work with Telkom Indonesia to develop smart city architecture and recommend roadmaps for other cities in the country.

"We understand that each city has a different approach to creating a livable and sustainable space for citizens,” said Joji Yamamoto, president director of NEC Indonesia.

Telkom Indonesia signed a similar deal with South Korean telco KT Corp in November 2023, when both companies signed an MoU to collaborate on a smart city project in Nusantara. Under that agreement, KT is contributing ICT technologies including quantum cryptography, cybersecurity and smart city solutions.

The US$30 billion Nusantara project to move Indonesia’s capital from Jakarta to Nusantara on the island of Borneo has been under construction since July 2022. While the overall goal is to relocate up to 1.9 million people in Jakarta to Nusantara by 2045, the Indonesian government plans to start moving some key functions from Jakarta to Nusantara in August this year.

Silvia Halim, deputy of facilities and infrastructure for the Nusantara Capital Authority (OIKN), said in January that the shared telecoms infrastructure for Nusantara will be operational by then.

Last year, OIKN appointed Telkom Indonesia and PLN Icon Plus to provide joint telecoms infrastructure, including fibre optic networks and cellular base stations.

Telkom Indonesia is currently building a ‘Telkom Smart Office’ in Nusantara that it says will “strengthen IKN development with complete digital infrastructure, including digital connectivity, digital platform, and digital services”.

"Telkom Indonesia is strongly committed to accelerating digitalization throughout Indonesia through connectivity, platforms, and digital services, especially in building IKN into a smart city," said Ermono Liman Prabowo, Telkom Indonesia’s VP of Network/IT Strategy, Technology and Architecture, and force leader of ICT Service Preparation for IKN.

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