Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata is carrying out an extensive fibre-optic network deployment in Central Java, West Java and DI Yogyakarta to support the anticipated surge in consumer demand for data services in the region as it improves its 4G services and plans for the future launch of 5G. With data volumes already increasing – the MNO reports recent growth rates of around 70%, 63% and 47% in the three aforementioned areas already – largely driven by streaming services from platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram – XL Axiata is racing to improve its overall network quality via an aggressive ‘fiberisation’ process in most areas in West Java, Central Java and DI Yogyakarta, using fibre to connect up its network of base transceiver stations (BTS).
IndoTelko notes that in the Central Java region, XL has rolled out fibre in almost all areas, covering cities such as Semarang, Surakarta, Tegal, Pekalongan, Purwokerto, Kudus, Jepara, Magelang, Salatiga, Purworejo, Kebumen, Cilacap, Rembang, Blora, Purbalingga, Wonosobo, Karanganyar and Wonogiri. For the West Java area, meanwhile, fibre has been implemented in all cities and regencies such as Bandung, Purwakarta, Subang, Sumedang, Tasikmalaya, Cimahi and Cirebon. Likewise for DI Yogyakarta, XL has deployed fibre in Bantul, Kulon Progo, Gunungkidul, Sleman and Yogyakarta.