Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri) plans to build a total of 8,000 new 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) next year to improve its mobile internet capabilities in the country, with Chief Commercial Officer Dolly Susanto noting the expansion drive will help it reach its target of adding between five and ten million new customers in 2019. IndoTelko quotes the official as saying that many of the new BTS deployed will be ‘outside Java’. Tri Indonesia currently serves more than 37 million customers throughout Indonesia, with a network stretching from Aceh to Gorontalo. Its network infrastructure currently numbers 55,100 BTS and 16,000km of fibre.
In other Indonesian network news, Tri rival Indosat Ooredoo has revealed it is expanding its LTE-A network (branded ‘4G Plus’) in North Sumatra. The firm’s advanced mobile network already benefits from the deployment of 586 new cell sites in the North Sumatra region, while a phase II development is set to add a further 244 sites by February 2019. Indosat Ooredoo’s 4G Plus network expansion is currently spread across 250 sub-districts and 29 regencies, it says, and also covers a number of 3G sites that are being upgraded to 4G Plus. Taken overall, Indosat Ooredoo’s 4G Plus network is now present in more than 280 cities/districts across Indonesia. ‘In 2018 we have fulfilled the commitment to expand the 4G Plus network in Lampung, South Kalimantan, South Sulawesi and today in North Sumatra. The current development of the 4G Plus network in BTS throughout Indonesia will continue and finish in February 2019,’ said Indosat Ooredoo Director & Chief Operating Officer Haroon S Hameed, yesterday (11 December).