Indonesian mobile operator PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel), which is jointly owned by Indonesia’s Telkom and Singapore Telecom, has awarded Chinese vendor ZTE a contract to build its GSM/UMTS network in the country. No financial details were provided, but it is understood Telkomsel aims to provide 3G high speed data services in 147 cities by 2013. The deal covers the supply of 2G BSS and 3G UTRAN equipment and will be supported by technical services provided by ZTE Indonesia, while ZTE Indonesia will provide systems upgrade, on-site technical support and repair and maintenance services.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Telkomsel, Indonesia’s largest cellco by subscribers, added nearly six million wireless users and 400,000 fixed-wireless users in the first quarter of 2009. At 31 March Telkomsel’s total cellular subscriber base stood at 71.3 million, while its wireless in the local loop (WiLL) customers numbered 10.4 million.