Indonesian mobile operator XL Axiata says it will build out hundreds of kilometres of fibre-optic cabling in Kalimantan as part of its commitment to support the acceleration of the government’s National Broadband Plan and to comply with obligations as a major service provider there. IndoTelko reports XL Axiata as saying that it has already completed more than 1,600km of fibre-optic networks in Kalimantan (in Takesung, Banjarmasin, Balikpapan, Sengata, Pontianak, Singkawang, Samarinda, Sampit, Pangkalan Bun and Bontang) – including the network backbone, backhaul and access networks – with chief service management officer Yessie D. Yosetya stating that the firm currently has some 1.3 million subscribers in the area and that its ‘growth rate was encouraging’.
Earlier this month XL Axiata announced that it had signed up eight million subscribers to its 4G network. The cellco, which launched LTE services in the country in December 2014, is reported to be working to improve quality and data access speeds over its fourth-generation network via the introduction of 4-transmit-4-receiver (4T4R) technology, a development of 2T2R technology which enhances indoor coverage. 4T4R was introduced in the cities of Bandung, Surabaya and Denpasar in July 2016, while the technology is expected to be expanded to Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Semarang in the near future. Further, XL Axiata plans to implement IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) technology to enrich its LTE network and ease future deployments of Internet of Things (IoT)-based services. The operator’s 4G network currently covers 86 districts via a grid comprising 5,358 base stations, with the cellco aiming to extend this coverage to an additional 100 towns and cities by the end of 2016.