Telkomsel, in partnership with ZTE Corporation, has launched MarineMobile, a long range mobile communications solution aimed at helping fishermen overcome the operational challenges they frequently encounter. This solution provides access to weather forecasts, optimal fishing location determination, GPS tracking, and real-time access to direct fish buyers in the market. The introduction of the MarineMobile solution represents a continuation of the collaborative commitment between both companies, as announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023 in Barcelona on February 27. The collaboration focused on testing the enhancement of 5G network capabilities based on the 2.3 GHz frequency band, aimed at expanding broadband services coverage for maritime regions.
Through the improvement in quality and expansion of Telkomsel’s broadband network coverage in the maritime region of Gorontalo, using ZTE’s 5G radio devices with Active Antenna technology that can achieve a coverage distance of up to 72 km for 2G GSM, 69 km for 4G/LTE, and 60 km for 5G in open waters, fishermen can now access MarineMobile to use third-party applications. This enhances operational effectiveness and efficiency, reduces costs, and increases profits through more precise fishing activities.
Nugroho, Telkomsel’s Chief Technology Officer, stated, “According to data from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in 2022, the potential fishery resources in the 11 State Fisheries Management Areas (WPPNRI) are estimated to be approximately 12.01 million tons per year. In line with the spirit of Indonesia, which inspires Telkomsel to bridge the nation and drive progress through the availability of cutting-edge broadband network infrastructure, the strategic collaboration between Telkomsel and ZTE is a joint effort to realize Indonesia’s maritime potential by implementing innovative 5G technology, starting with the Gorontalo region. By synergizing with stakeholders to advance the national digital transformation roadmap, we aim to foster inclusive and sustainable economic growth for Indonesia.”
In February 2023, Telkomsel and ZTE initiated a collaboration to test the use of 5G networks to meet the digital connectivity needs of Indonesia’s maritime regions. The trial subsequently prompted the introduction of the MarineMobile solution, which integrates Massive MIMO technology and Ultra 5G coverage features. It utilizes the ZTE i5GC, specifically designed for industrial needs, known for its user-friendly design principles, compact design, and simplified implementation of 5G connectivity. The device also has flexible network backhaul support and can deliver low latency and high throughput of up to 250 Mbps.
Richard Liang, President Director of ZTE Indonesia, said, “Amid the evolving maritime connectivity landscape, ZTE is delighted to partner with Telkomsel to introduce the MarineMobile solution. Amidst the various options available, this solution aids fishermen in seamless communication, even in the most challenging maritime environments. We recognize that technology’s role extends beyond connectivity and encompasses protection and overall efficiency improvement. Our collaborative efforts with Telkomsel through the MarineMobile solution aim to empower fishermen to make informed decisions, streamline tasks, and optimize productivity. Thus, creating a transformative journey ensures not only every expedition becomes safer and smarter but ultimately more productive.”
Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in 2020, Gorontalo Province is one of the potentially significant maritime regions in Indonesia, with marine resources totaling 115,812 tons worth IDR 2.643 billion annually (more than USD 160k) from various types of fish, including tuna, skipjack, mackerel, shrimp, and other products . As a result of the collaboration between Telkomsel and ZTE in enhancing the broadband network in the coastal areas of Batudaa Pantai sub-district, based on the latest data from the Department of Marine and Fisheries of Gorontalo Regency for the year 2023, the fish catch volume has increased by 11% to a total of 9,070 tons in the second quarter of 2023 compared to the previous year.
Acting Head of the Gorontalo Regency Maritime and Fisheries Office, Suharto Pomalingo, explained, “I am delighted to witness the remarkable transformation in our coastal community. Thanks to this innovative collaboration, our fishermen are not only catching fish but also seizing opportunities, prosperity, and hope for a brighter future. This initiative not only overcomes obstacles at sea but also brings smiles and optimism to our hardworking fishermen. We are truly proud of the positive changes brought by all parties and Telkomsel into their lives, and we look forward to even greater success in the future.”
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