Indonesian mobile start-up Hutchison CP Telecommunications (HCPT), a unit of Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited (HTIL), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with rival operator Excelcomindo Pratama (Excelcom) concerning the sharing of base station towers. The MoU will allow HCPT to share base transceiver stations (BTSs) with Excelcom for a period of up to twelve years, enabling it to speed up the rollout of its network in the country. Commenting on the announcement Dennis Lui, chief executive officer of HTIL said: ‘This arrangement with Excelcom will greatly assist the acceleration of HCPT’s network rollout in Indonesia. Together with our other network expansion plans in the country HCPT will fast become a nationwide operator.’
In a related story, unconfirmed reports suggest that another GSM operator, Natrindo Telepon Seluler (NTS, or Lippo Telecom), has signed its own tower sharing deal with Excelcom. NTS offers services under the brand name Lippo Telecom, and was the first company licensed to offer GSM-1800 mobile services in Indonesia on 27 April 2001, with an initial focus in East Java. It is one of five operators to hold a 3G licence in the country and offers a range of SMS and WAP-based applications. The operator’s network is limited to Surabaya and Malang although it is looking to expand coverage to other cities in the East Java area. Its pre-paid, contract and pre-paid prime services are marketed as SOLUSI.