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Mixed signals: as Indonesia's 5G race heats up, government says 'no rush'

Global vendors see opportunities in digital push despite officials warning of delay

Mobile operators in Indonesia are gearing up to offer 5G services in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

JAKARTA -- When Indonesian mobile operator XL Axiata showed off its latest 5G technology at a recent event, it added a bit of showmanship to the proceedings: during an onstage interview with the country's communications minister, Axiata's director for technology "joined" him as a holographic projection.

"We continue to prepare ourselves to adopt 5G technology. Our preparations are very serious across all aspects," Axiata's Yessie Yosetya told the audience at the event in Jakarta in late August.

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