Indonesian mobile operator PT Indosat Ooredoo says it is preparing to launch 4.5G (presumed LTE-A Pro) technology this year, doubling data speeds in the process. The company’s head of network strategy and solutions, Yune Marketatmo, said: ‘We have been developing the 4.5G technology since 2012 and we are ready to launch this year, starting with the introduction of new technological infrastructures such as modernised [base transceiver stations] BTS in several regions.’
To support the launch, Indosat Ooredoo has been upgrading data centres with 4.5G support in a number of areas in Java since 2016. Headquartered in Jakarta, Marketatmo also noted that the new data centres ‘will be built in strategic locations close to customers so they can communicate easily and take advantage of this new technology’. Indosat Ooredoo currently has 81.6 million mobile subscribers.