Indonesian mobile operator XL Axiata has strengthened its 4G LTE coverage in Sumatra and Central Java, noting that by the end of this month, 37 additional cities in Lampung, West Sumatra and Central Java will be able to access the internet using the next generation service. In a press release this week, XL Axiata’s Yessie D Yosetya confirmed that the company is expanding its 4G footprint ‘according to customer demand’, noting a constant increase in data traffic in almost all XL Axiata service areas, with video being the ‘surprising’ driver, accounting for about 40% of all traffic.
Yessie continued that XL Axiata’s development of network and infrastructure is being carried out as a matter of ‘priority’ in all provincial capitals, and will be followed by the construction of 4G network infrastructure in all city and district capitals. As it stands, 13 cities in Lampung have been added to the network with Bandar Lampung City activated first. Other cities planned for 4G are: Kab. Lampung Selatan, Metro City, Pringsewu, Tanggamus, West Lampung, North Lampung, Way Kanan, Mesuji, and Tulangbawang Barat. Meanwhile in West Sumatra XL has activated 240 LTE base stations covering Padang City, with plans to cover 18 cities including: Dharmas Raya District, Padang Pariaman, Pesisir Selatan, Sijunjung, Solok, South Solok, Padang City, Pariaman City, Lunto Rice Town, Solok City, Bukittinggi City, Agam, Lima Puluh Koto, Pasaman, Pasaman Barat, Kota Padang Panjang, and Payakumbuh City. By the end of 2017 several other cities will also get 4G LTE services, including: Banda Aceh, Lhokseumawe, Sekayu, Tebing Tinggi, Deli, Pematang Siantar, Pangkalan Brandan, Sibolga, Brastagi, Dumai, Jambi, Lahat, Tanjung Balai Karimun, Lubuk Linggau, Muara Bungo, Muara Enim, Pangkal Pinang, Tanjung Pinang, Muntok, Batu Raja, Bengkulu, Curup, Kayu Agung and Kota Bumi.
Currently, XL Axiata’s 4G LTE signal is live in 103 cities or regencies across Indonesia, with the total number of customers using 4G now standing at more than 15 million. By the end of 2017 XL Axiata will target at least 17,000 4G base stations to support services in 330 cities.