Ericsson scoops up 2 mobile network deals in Indonesia

Ericsson said it won two mobile network transformation deals in Indonesia, with both focusing on the move towards LTE services.

The Sweden-based vendor is to provide equipment to rival operators Telkomsel and Indosat as they prepare their respective networks for the provision of 4G services to their customers, building on existing long-term relationships with both operators.

Telkomsel, the country's largest mobile operator, has picked Ericsson to upgrade its network in the Kalimantan region. The vendor will ensure that the operator's network is equipped with multi-standard radio base stations for GSM and WCDMA/HSPA technology that can meet the rapidly increasing data demands and boost mobile broadband network performance, while making it ready for 4G/LTE.

The transformation project includes the introduction of Ericsson's RBS 6320 equipment that has been developed for tropical climates.

Thomas Jul, head of Ericsson Indonesia and Timor-Leste, said the network improvement will ensure that Telkomsel's mobile data subscribers -- especially those living in dense areas -- will benefit from faster speeds and better network performance.

"This contract makes us a key partner for Telkomsel through this transformation and further strengthens our longstanding relationship," Jul added.

Meanwhile Ericsson has agreed with Ooredoo-owned Indosat to deploy a 4G/LTE network in Greater Jakarta, again with a focus on managing growing data use.

The partnership covers 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE network technology, implementation services and network performance optimisation, using the vendor's RBS 6000 base station family and also based on the 2G and 3G networks that have already been provided by Ericsson.

Jul noted that Ericsson's consumer studies in Indonesia show that network performance is the main consideration for mobile users when it comes to choosing a provider.

"With the introduction of 4G/LTE and continuous optimisations of Indosat's networks, customers will notice faster speeds -- especially how quickly new connections are established, how fast web pages load and how much more responsive applications feel," he said.

For more:
- see Ericsson's Indosat release
- see Ericsson's Telkomsel release

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