Indonesian mobile operator XL Axiata says it is upgrading its networks in the area of East Java in order address a continuous increase in traffic volumes there and to improve network quality. In a 30 May press release, the cellco confirmed that the modernisation plan will target all types of services – including voice and SMS, and especially to ‘sustain the quality of data services’. Commenting on the upgrade plan, the firm’s vice president East Region, Titus Dondi, said: ‘This network modernisation is similar to other processes XL is undertaking in most other areas, both in Java and other islands, such as Sumatra. Modernisation … will continue to improve customer access to data services where customers need both speed and a stable signal.’
The network modernisation process will start in Surabaya and then progress to all districts and sub-districts in East Java, with the aim of completing the works by the end of October 2013. Specifically, XL Axiata intends to replace a number of existing 2G base transceiver stations (BTS) with Single RAN equipment, which it hopes will be more practical and efficient place to operate. The carrier boasts more than 8.3 million subscribers in the East Java region, who are supported by a network of more than 3,300 BTS (2G/3G).
XL Axiata is 66.6% owned by Axiata Group Berhad through Axiata Investments (Indonesia), and 13.3% is held by Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) through Etisalat International Indonesia. The remaining 20.1% is publicly distributed.