3G licensee Natrindo to spend USD200 million network rollout

9 Jan 2006

Indonesian 3G mobile start-up PT Natrindo Telephon Selular has awarded a USD200 million contract to three international equipment providers to roll out its new network and says it could launch services by the end of this year. The newcomer has selected Ericsson Indonesia and China’s Huawei Technologies to supply it with base transceiver stations (BTS) based on W-CDMA technology, and picked LogicaCMG as its telecoms solutions provider. Ericsson will deploy BTS equipment in the Greater Jakarta area before end of 2006, while Huawei will roll out 3G network infrastructure covering key parts of Java by early 2007. In a separate statement, Ericsson confirmed the contract award, adding that the two-year deal with Natrindo included the supply of both 2G and 3G/WCDMA radio network equipment. No financial details were disclosed.