Indonesian mobile operator Natrindo Telepon Seluler (NTS), which markets services under the Axis banner, has awarded Ericsson a contract to expand its GSM/EDGE and W-CDMA radio access network, including 2,100 sites, in Jakarta and Banten in western Java, as well as on Sumatra. No financial details were disclosed.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, NTS 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 also one of five operators to hold a 3G licence in the country and offers a range of SMS and WAP-based applications. At the end of 2007 the operator’s network was limited to Surabaya and Malang. The company, which is backed by Saudi Telecom Company, is aiming for national coverage with 8,000 base stations by 2009 and claims to have more than a million users.