IndoTelko reports that as part of its commitment to support the Indonesian government’s universal service obligation (USO) programmes – related to equitable development in Eastern Indonesia – mobile operator XL Axiata has switched on its signal in the Ende District of East Nusa Tenggara. Under the USO, the cellco has deployed base stations in Aewora village, Maurole District, Ende Regency, which it notes is in line with its plans to continue to develop network infrastructure to areas outside of Java.
In 2019, XL Axiata has pledged to build out 289 new base stations in various provinces under its USO commitment, most of which are included in Eastern Indonesia, including in the province of East Nusa Tenggara. According to the company, no fewer than 51 administrative regencies are being targeted this year with USO-designated base stations, most of them in Central and Eastern Indonesia, including Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, and Papua. In 2020, meanwhile, XL aims to continue this programme ‘in a wider area’.
XL launched services in East Nusa Tenggara in 2017, since when it has developed a network with total support of around 1,000 base transceiver stations (BTS). Today, its 4G network is live in 19 cities/regencies in the regions, supported by more than 200 BTS, namely: Alor, Belu, Ende, East Flores, Kupang City, Kupang, Lembata, Manggarai, West Manggarai, East Manggarai, Nagekeo Ngada, Rote Ndao, Sikka, West Sumba, East Sumba, East Timor Central South, North Central Timor, Sabu Raijua, Southwest Sumba, Malacca and Central Sumba.