Going for the 100: XL Axiata ramps up 4G rollout as subs base hits 6m

27 Jun 2016

Indonesian mobile operator XL Axiata is accelerating its network modernisation programme, and now aims to upgrade its 3G networks to 4G in 100 cities by the end of this year. By that date, the cellco’s LTE services are expected to be live in major cities such as Jakarta and Bandung, as well as in dozens of smaller cities, like Mataram in West Nusa Tenggara, Belitung and Central Java’s Purwokerto, Pekalongan and Tegal. As it stands, XL Axiata has rolled out its next generation system to 58 cities, with CEO Dian Siswarini noting that IDR7 trillion (USD526.3 million) has been set aside in FY2016 to build out new 4G infrastructure, including building new towers, upgrading existing ones and improving IT systems. ‘The funds come from our internal cash, as we have been booking positive cash flow over the past years,’ Dian said, adding that 35% of the funds had already been committed. Areas already covered by XL’s 4G signal include: Jakarta, Bogor, Bekasi, Tangerang, South Tangerang, Depok, Bandung, West Bandung, Cimahi, Cirebon, Purwakarta, Sumedang, Yogyakarta, Bantul, Sleman, Gunung Kidul, Tegal, Pekalongan, Batang, Brebes, Semarang, Surabaya, Sidoarjo, Bangkalan, Sampang, Pamekasan and Pacitan. Meanwhile, outside Java, LTE is also available to XL customers in Denpasar, Badung, Mataram, West Lombok, North Lombok, Central Lombok, Batam, Medan, Deli Serdang, Pekanbaru, Palembang, Banyuasin, Belitung, Banjarmasin, Banjarbaru, and Manado. The operator says that approximately six million customers are using its 4G network every day.

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