Indonesian Government Is Testing 700 MHz As Disaster Communication Band

- Apr 16, 2019-


The Ministry of Communications and Information of Indonesia has used 700 MHz as the radio frequency band for public protection and disaster management in accordance with the Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) standard.

In the PPDR standard, radiocommunication is fully dedicated to the needs of public protection and disaster management agencies. Public protection includes order and law enforcement, life and property protection, and emergencies.

Disaster management includes dealing with serious social unrest, a major threat to human security, and threats to health, property or the environment, whether caused by accidents, nature or human activities.

Indonesian Minister of Communications and Information, Rudiantara, said the 700 MHz radio frequency for disaster management must be a sustainable policy. The reason is that several other countries around the world (Malaysia and Singapore) also use radio frequencies to deal with disasters. According to him, Indonesia must adopt the same frequency band because it can prevent disasters not only in one country but also in other countries. For example, Thailand and Malaysia were also affected when the 2004 Aceh tsunami occurred. “Therefore, the implementation of the 700 MHz radio frequency policy must be sustainable as it applies to the international community.

In order to ensure the preparation of PPDR radio communication, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology will conduct a one-month disaster emergency communication radio test from April 9, 2019 to May 9, 2019.

Test equipment support will be provided by communication equipment suppliers such as Motorola, Nokia, Huawei, Hytera and Inti. Telkom uses the broadband public safety technology LTE standard at 700 MHz.

Through targeted testing, technical data on service quality, application testing and connectivity, and on-site non-technical data can be obtained. All data is required to develop policies and recommendations for the implementation of disaster radio services.

In this trial, SMS Blast test demonstrations, voice calls, real-time transmission of images and video, and testing of radio communication service applications will be conducted.

The Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information also developed a disaster information submission system for disaster-affected areas through SMS Blast and managed 112 emergency call services when the local government handled emergencies.

All of these services will be integrated into the new public protection and disaster management communication radio system in Indonesia's disaster management.