Talking About Mobile Networks at ITS Surabaya

Like thousands of us, i had a dream to be a rockstar back in my high school years. With minds infused by MTV Afterskool Rocks, its hard not to imagine how cool it is to create headbanging music, get crazy on stage and embarks on a tour. That dream not turned to be true, however im working in the field of my other passion which is technology. Last monday, i got a chance to experience something which was close to having a band gig. I went back to my almamater and delivered guest lecture on mobile networks.

me doing the speech


It all started with my chat with mas Soni, my senior compatriot in campus and also a lecturer now in the almamater. I volunteered to do share some technical insights on telco industry. Good for me, mas Soni took it excitedly and upped the challenge by offering to teach two class in two days. That sounded like a sweet deal.

My plan at first was to share how mobile networks works in a very technical way to the IS ITS students . Try to explain the bits and pieces of the data network and other network stuff, basically my plan was to share what i do as an telco engineer. Well they are engineering students and that was the network design and management class, i thought that deep technical presentation suits it best.

I changed my plan when i knew that each class consist of 50 something students, three class divided by two sessions means each session there would be like 70-ish people there. I was afraid that going too technical in a large audience will bore them and make me a standing zombie infront of the class. Hence i create a very general slide on mobile networks and rely heavily (or gamble) on my abilities to spark questions from the audience.

A great response i received in the class thankfully. The audience which was class of 2010 asked a lot of questions. How many was that questions ? i gave them a bengbeng bar for every questions, i brought a bag full of it and it was sold out. Most of the questions were forcing me to think very hard  such as how was roaming works, how BTS works and even MBA-like questions : can we have multi sim features in Indonesia. Goodness! those were smart crowd i was attending.

you can read my slides here in slideshare.


In a wrap, it was a pleasureable yet challenging experience for me. Really looking forward to get into another guest-lecturing /presentation gig or even a tour like that . But as like many other great artist do before, i have to make great album a.k.a create great works first.

Rock on then, viva la telecomunicacion \m/.

Special thanks to Nisfu Asrul Sani for giving me timeslots in his network management and design class and Olivia Renanda for helping me in impromptu things before my gig. 

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