May 17, 2020

Indonesia to Renew Mine Contract Extensions Earlier than Two Years

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Indonesia to Renew Mine Contract Extensions Earlier than Two Years
In a surprise move, Indonesia will begin allowing mining companies to renew mine contracts earlier than two years before expiration, a move that greatly...

In a surprise move, Indonesia will begin allowing mining companies to renew mine contracts earlier than two years before expiration, a move that greatly favors US-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

According to the mines minister, new regulations on contract extensions would be linked to a mining company’s smelter plans. Southeast Asia’s largest economy also indicated that it could ease a planned 2017 export ban on copper and other mineral concentrates.

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"The government regulation for extension proposals that regulates a minimum of two years before a contract expires will be revised," Sudirman Said, Indonesia's energy and mineral resources minister.

Under the country’s current rule, miners operating in Indonesia can only apply for a contract extension two years before the agreement is due to end.

Freeport currently operates the Grasberg mine, the world’s largest gold mine and world’s second-largest copper mine when at full production. The company has for years been seeking contract certainty before investing more than $15 billion after 2016.   

The firm’s current deal is set to expire in 2021 but a government decision on an extension would be reached before July 25 of this year. Government officials previously stated Freeport could only renew its 2021 deal in 2019 at the earliest.

The government’s willingness to work with mining companies comes only after Freeport-McMoRan moved ahead with expansion plans at its copper smelter at Gresik and gave its support to a government-backed industrial zone in Papua.

Last year, Freeport and Indonesia agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indonesian government over its contract renegotiations. 

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Jun 2, 2021

Ericsson Private 5G to transform secure on-site connectivity

Smart Mining
3 min
Ericsson Private 5G is a next-gen private cellular 4G & 5G network tailored to drive Industry 4.0 and the digital transformation of industries like mining

Ericsson has launched Ericsson Private 5G. It offers secure and simple 4G LTE and 5G Standalone (SA) connectivity primarily targeting manufacturing, mining and process industries, offshore and power utilities, as well as ports and airports.



Ericsson Private 5G optimizes and simplifies business operations with cloud-based network management, keeps sensitive data on-premise, has zero downtime upgrades and guarantees high performance through Service-Level Agreements (SLAs).

It is easily installed within hours at any facility and can be scaled to support larger coverage areas, more devices and higher capacity when needed. The product is designed to be flexible and will support a range of deployment sizes, depending on requirements, to suit varied needs. Businesses can manage their networks and integrate with IT/OT systems via an open API.


Ericsson Private 5G builds upon Ericsson’s 4G/5G radio and dual mode core technology, enabling a wide variety of use cases for both indoor and outdoor environments while integrating well with business operations, devices and applications. As a result, companies can improve productivity, give their customers more value and provide better working environments for employees.

Innovative use cases include tracking assets and real-time automation to improve productivity in warehouses, and a digital twin that can help to optimize manufacturing operations. Efficient quality inspections can also be performed via augmented reality or smart surveillance drones to increase worker safety, particularly in potentially hazardous environments such as ports and mines.


Ericsson already has a significant track record of operational 4G and 5G private network deployments with customers worldwide. Ericsson Private 5G builds on the success of that solution portfolio and deployment insights, as well as insights from projects such as 5G-Industry Campus Europe.

Peter Burman, Program Manager Mine Automation, at Swedish mining company Boliden, commented: “Automation, and safety through automation in our mining operations is an absolute must for us. Ericsson Private 5G is exactly what Boliden needs to bring high quality, fast and secure connectivity into potentially hazardous environments allowing us to mobilize efficiency and safety improving use cases.

Niels König, Coordinator 5G-Industry Campus Europe, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT added: “Private 5G networks are highly attractive for producing companies because of the uncompromised performance that 5G can bring, allowing them to tackle the challenges of production. Efficiently deploying and using network solutions in enterprises requires simplicity in installation, flexibility in connecting to existing production IT and lean operations while at the same time being able to scale the network to meet future challenges. Ericsson Private 5G delivers exactly these capabilities.”


Enterprise Networks

Leo Gergs, Senior Analyst, ABI Research, noted: “With this new offering, Ericsson will be able to address key trends in the enterprise cellular market.  The value proposition will appeal to operators and service providers as the solution hides technology complexity and therefore reduces the barrier of entry to deployment for many different flavors of enterprise networks.”

Thomas Noren, Head of Dedicated Networks, Business Area Technologies and New Businesses, Ericsson, revealed: “With Ericsson Private 5G, we take the best of Ericsson’s current portfolio and top it up with the best of our new technology. We do this to give businesses what they need to improve productivity, enable new offerings and give employees a better working environment. With Ericsson Private 5G, we also give operators a better way to serve business customers and leverage their assets - in short, to grow beyond mobile broadband.”

Ericsson recently joined a three-year initiative to develop autonomous, carbon-neutral mining processes supported by 5G connectivity. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the $16mn Next-Generation Carbon-Neutral Pilots for Smart Intelligent Mining Systems (NEXGEN SIMS) project is being coordinated by Swedish mining and infrastructure equipment manufacturer, Epiroc, in cooperation with a range of industry-diverse partners, including: Ericsson, K+S, Boliden, Agnico Eagle Finland, KGHM Polska and Luleå University of Technology.

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