Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata has announced the latest details of its ongoing 4G LTE rollout programme, confirming that it has extended coverage services to the West Kalimantan region of the archipelago. Having already deployed base stations to serve parts of South and East Kalimantan, XL Axiata says it has now rolled out LTE services to customers in eight of 14 major cities/districts in the region, namely Pontianak City, Kab Kubu Raya, Kab Ketapang, Kab Pontianak, Kab Bengkayang, Kab Sambas, Singkawang City and Kab Sanggau. To date, 120 base transceiver stations (BTS) have been deployed in West Kalimantan and 225,000 people have signed up to 4G – the majority of which are using data. IndoTelko quotes XL director Yessie D Yosetya as saying: ‘In 2017 we will massively expand our 4G LTE service coverage. Not only in big cities, but also in medium and small cities. West Kalimantan and Kalimantan in general are areas where demand for data services continues to show significant improvement, averaging up to 99% in recent years. Therefore, the development of 4G LTE network can no longer be delayed as we seek to respond to the needs of these customers’. XL’s CAPEX in 2017 is prioritised to support the development of mobile data, including the provision of network coverage to remote areas.
By the end of 2017, XL Axiata is looking to extend its 4G LTE coverage in Kalimantan, with key areas targeted including Kab Banjar, Barito Kuala, Kutai Kartanegara, Balikpapan, Balangan, South Barito, Barito Timur, Berau, Bulungan, Gunung Mas, Hulu Sungai Selatan, Hulu Sungai Tengah, Hulu Sungai Utara, Kapuas, West Kotawaringin, East Kotawaringin, Kutai Barat, Kutai Timur , Nunukan, Pasir, Penajam Paser Utara, Pulang Pisau, Tabalong, Tanah Bumbu, Tanah Laut, Tapin, Kota Baru, Bontang City and Tarakan City. If XL achieves its goal, around 38 major cities and districts will be served by that date.