Swedish equipment manufacturer Ericsson has signed a three-year frame agreement with Indonesian mobile operator Telekomunikasi Selular Indonesia (Telkomsel), to supply, deploy and integrate GSM/EDGE and W-CDMA/HSPA radio access networks (RAN) in Indonesia. With a cellular penetration rate of around 53% as at 30 September 2008, TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database says the Indonesian wireless market has a growth potential as well as untapped demand for mobile internet and data-based services. Ericsson’s upgrade will enable Telkomsel to expand existing network coverage, boost capacity and improve performance – in the process providing improved voice and data quality for consumers. The vendor said the contract extends the existing business partnerships between the two companies and that rollout will begin this month.
Telkomsel is the mobile market leader in Indonesia with 60.503 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2008. It provides GSM services through its nationwide dual-band 900/1800MHz GSM/GPRS/Wi-Fi/EDGE/3G/HSDPA networks, and internationally through 288 international roaming partners across the world. The cellco was the first operator in Indonesia to launch 3G services (September 2006) and currently has the country’s largest 3G subscriber base with 5.5 million subscribers in 111 cities. Telkomsel also has the largest network coverage of any of the country’s domestic cellular operators, providing network coverage to more than 95% of the population.