Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri), the mobile operator controlled by Hong Kong-based CK Hutchison, has revealed that its in-deployment 4G LTE network is now available in 227 cities and districts, including 1,769 sub-districts and 7,296 villages in 25 provinces. The cellco’s coverage extends from Lhokseumawe to Manado, and includes the islands of Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Java and Bali. Commenting on the development, Tri Indonesia President Director Randeep Sing Sekhon said: ‘Digital and multimedia services are expected to experience rapid growth this year. And in future the success of these services is reliant on [Tri rolling out] mobile internet infrastructure to support growth, as it is expected to become the main channel to carry such services’. People wishing to sign up to the cellco’s Tri 4G LTE network will need to buy a suitable 4G LTE SIM card and handset. Customers can exchange their old Tri 3G to 4G SIM card without extra charge at any 3Store.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database reports that in April 2016 Tri selected Nokia to expand its core network to meet increasing mobile data demands in the Indonesian market. At the time, the vendor undertook the rapid deployment of the Nokia Evolved Packet Core-ready Flexi Network Gateway and Flexi Network Server for Tri, enhancing both service quality and speeds for its growing subscriber base across the archipelago. The cellco had previously reported a sharp increase in data traffic – volumes have been doubling roughly every nine months – and to meet demand, Nokia supplied it with packet core technology in some of Indonesia’s most densely populated cities, such as Surabaya, Semarang, Solo and Yogyakarta. The CK Hutchison-owned firm launched its commercial 4G service in March 2016 in the cities of Batam, Pontianak, Makassar, Jakarta, Bandung and Denpasar.