Telkomsel (Telekomunikasi Selular), the mobile arm of Indonesian incumbent Telkom, has switched on its 4G LTE network in the tourist areas of Padar and Gili Lawa Island. In the former, the mobile operator says it has boosted peak download speeds from 5.32Mbps (HSDPA) to 22.52Mbps (LTE), while on Gili Lawa it claims peak throughput of up to 66.87Mbps and typical speeds of 31.17Mbps.
The operator has been improving its 4G footprint this year, including upgrades to services in other tourist destinations. In February it deployed 4G LTE services in Mandalika in Central Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, as part of a drive to support the government’s bid to promote tourism there. Telkomsel confirmed that 4G covered almost 100% of the population in the Central Lombok regency, including critical areas such as Mandalika Kuta Beach, Panjai Serenting, Pantai Tanjung Aan, Keliuw Beach, and Gerupuk Beach, whilst reaching more than 70% of the total population of Lombok at that date, including Kota Mataram and Senggigi. Other tourist areas targeted include: Borobudur (Central Java), Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara), Bromo-Tengger-Semeru (East Java), Seribu Islands (DKI Jakarta), Toba (North Sumatra), Wakatobi (Southeast Sulawesi), Tanjung Lesung (Banten), Morotai (Maluku Utara), Tanjung Kelayang (Bangka Belitung), Bunaken (North Sulawesi) and Raja Ampat (West Papua).