Telkomsel to use Ericsson NFVI core network to support 5G launch

17 Jun 2019

Indonesia’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel), has picked Ericsson of Sweden to supply it with its NFV infrastructure (NFVI) core network technology as part of a ‘major core network upgrade’ ahead of the imminent launch of 5G. With plans for the next generation of mobile services well under way, Telkomsel hopes the vendor’s core network solution will enable it to ‘improve speed, efficiency and agility’ for its current operations across Indonesia, as well as provide for ‘future opportunities’, it said. Commenting, Ivan C Permana, vice president of Network Cloud Management at Telkomsel, noted that Cloud solutions are expected to meet demand for services that cater to enhanced productivity and efficiency, adding: ‘Ericsson’s NFVI solution is ready for 5G technology and IoT, which will be of use to all operators and enterprise customers.’ The official pointed out that the Ericsson upgrade, together with Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, represents a ‘significant step’ towards making the Indonesian MNO’s network 5G-ready.

Earlier, Telkomsel had announced a strategic partnership with technology players Cisco and Huawei at the Mobile World Congress 2019 event in Barcelona in February, marking a significant step forward in Telkomsel’s 5G-readiness programme in Indonesia.

Indonesia, Ericsson, Telkomsel (Telekomunikasi Selular)