Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) Telkomsel has announced that its LTE network is now live in 100 cities in Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara, as well as Papua, thanks to the deployment of more than 4,500 eNode B base transceiver stations (BTS). Among the cities covered are Banda Aceh, Palembang, Semarang, Samarinda, and Jayapura, Telkomsel said, where it claims users will be able to enjoy some of the fastest mobile internet services anywhere in the country.
Telkomsel president Ririek Adriansyah notes that 4G subscriber take-up is strong, and that recently it has seen a twelve-fold increase in growth rates. Currently, the MNO has five million 4G users on its books, with a target of twelve million by the end of this year. ‘When rolling out 4G network coverage, we always ensure that these new services can be enjoyed by at least 80% of users within the new network footprint, so Telkomsel customers are guaranteed a good level of 4G LTE service both indoors and outdoors,’ explained Ririek. In addition to the city of Jakarta, which is also covered by its LTE signal, Telkomsel has recently begun to focus on what it terms the ‘buffer zones’ of Jakarta and Bandung, such as Tangerang, Bekasi, Karawang, Tasikmalaya, Cirebon and Sukabumi.