Telkom Indonesia’s mobile arm Telkomsel says that by 30 September 2019 it had deployed more than 14,990 base transceiver stations (BTS) in the country’s ‘Frontier, Outermost, and Disadvantaged (3T)’ regions, with a focus on delivering connectivity to border areas under Indonesia’s Universal Service Obligation (USO).
Telkomsel Network Director Iskriono Windiarjanto said that 5,300 BTS are in 3T border areas, while a further 7,800 are ‘broadband BTS’, and 892 USO BTS are spread across 841 villages which previously had not received communication services at all. Of these, IndoTelko notes that 51 BTS are 4G-enabled and points out that by the end of 2019, Telkomsel (working with Indonesia’s telecoms accessibility agency BAKTI) hopes to operate an additional 502 2G and 4G BTS in 251 villages.
By the end of the third quarter of this year, Iskriono confirmed that Telkomsel had deployed more than 209,000 BTS countrywide, an increase of more than 14.5% year-on-year, increasing network coverage to over 97% of the territory. ‘To bring broadband services with the latest technology, we have also built more than 159,605 3G/4G broadband BTS to all regions so that this year we are targeting reaching 95% of the population by the year end, especially with our leading 4G network,’ Iskriono added. In total, Telkomsel now operates more than 77,501 4G BTS and is committed to adding around 22,000 new BTS by the end of 2019 – using the 900MHz band to accelerate a speedy rollout.