Rudi Sunarno, Researcher Digital Services Experiences, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Speaker Interview

Rudi Sunarno, Researcher Digital Services Experiences at PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia will be speaking at Smart Summit London taking place on the 19th and 20th of September at Olympia Conference Centre.
Rudi, who will discuss ‘Enhancing the Customer Experience with LPWA Technology’ on Tuesday 19th September, took some time to complete the speaker Q&A:
What are the advantages and disadvantages of licensed and unlicensed LPWA options?


- Licenced

  • Customers can have SLG (service level guarantee).
  • Operators can be guaranteed against outside interference and jamming.
  • Regulator can have income from frequency usage fee

- Unlicenced

  • Customers can have cheaper rates.
  • Operators should not pay frequency fee.
  • Regulators can provide healthy business competition


- Licenced

  • The operator is limited to the specified frequency
  • Customers may use registered devices only
  • Regulator only have limited resources for supervision

- Unlicenced

  • Operator will fight over the frequency due to limited frequency resources.
  • Customers will have low security level, because no control over it.
  • Regulator can not control IoT business 

Matching technologies to applications – which technologies are best suited for specific applications?
Appropriate technologies which best suited for specific application depend on bandwidth, power, methods data transmission, location of the objects and type of data transmission.
What experience do you have of rolling out a LPWAN?
We have already had LoRa Trial as one of LPWAN technology, which have been  conducted in Bandung Indonesia.  The wavy ground conditions and the thickness of the trees contributed to the attenuation of the LoRa signal propagation.
What challenges have you faced?
The utilization of existing access infrastructure and wide coverage of LPWA will save investment and operating costs. Besides it, with the success of LoRa trial, Telkom is optimistic to immediately provide IoT service for the benefit of Indonesian people.
How has the delay in NB-IoT roll-outs impacted the LPWAN industry?
The delay of deployment of NB-IOT gives opportunity to LPWAN to show its performance and prove the technological advantages to reach the market as much as it can.
Can LPWA be successful without one universal standard?
No, because the universal standard will unify the differences among vendors and operators of LPWA-based IoT services and it become more powerful and acceptable in different countries.
How are security concerns around LPWAN being managed?
Yes, the security aspect is important thing in the implementation of IoT services as it concerns the privacy of its users and provides a service assurance to its customers.
How can economies of scale be achieved?
With an economical and structured IoT-based LPWAN deployment will save investment costs for operators and will improve the economy of the people if the services are spread across all areas.
Are business models for LPWAN justifying the technology hype?
The successful implementation of LPWAN-based IoT depends on the effectiveness of business models, device support and system resilience, continuous improvement through logical roadmap.
Will the addition of location services be the killer application for LPWAN?

LPWAN has advantages in low power supply, wide area coverage and low cost effective price will ensure the durability of service and will be the killer application of location services.
Are concerns over battery life justified?
Yes of course, devices which installed in the remote field will free from maintenance and guaranteed continuity of operation with durable batteries
Does the industry need more partnerships and collaboration in order to thrive?
Yes, the perpetrators of IoT industry base LPWA should work together in a joint technology development, mutual sharing experience and capabilities to survive the attack from  other technologists which currently were developed.


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