Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata has launched 4G LTE services in two major cities in East Kalimantan, Samarinda and Balikpapan, inaugurating commercial services at this year’s Kaltim Fair. The company’s decision to switch on 4G in the region is designed to support East Kalimantan which holds great economic potential, focusing on the main cities of development in East and North Kalimantan to the border with Sabah, it said. The MNO confirmed that a total of 80 base transceiver stations (BTS) have been deployed in Samarinda and surrounding areas, while 100 BTS have been installed in Balikpapan covering the areas of Klandasar Ulur, Sutoyo, Jend Sudirman, Ruhui Rahayu, Soekarno Hatta, New Ulu and Syarifuddin Yoesa.
To date, XL Axiata has rolled out 4G LTE services to around 100 towns and cities in Indonesia, a figure it wishes to boost to 330 in various regions, including in East Kalimantan, whilst building around 17,000 BTS 4G throughout the nation. The MNO currently has approximately 14 million 4G users – or 30% of its total user base.