Telkomsel deployed 23,000 new 4G BTS in 2019

13 Mar 2020

Mobile network operator (MNO) Telkomsel built out approximately 23,000 new 4G base transceiver station (BTS) across Indonesia in 2019 as part of its commitment to create a ‘leading-edge technology network access that is evenly distributed across all population areas in the country’, eclipsing its own 4G development target, reaching 109% of its goal by the year end.

The operator’s network director, FM Venusiana R, is cited by IndoTelko as saying: ‘We continue to accelerate the growth of broadband networks, especially aggressive 4G to support the digital lifestyle ecosystem, along with an increase in data traffic of around 52% during 2019 compared to last year (2018). We are also expanding and deploying our 4G LTE network by considering the growing penetration of 4G service-based devices.’

The official added that in 2020 Telkomsel will continue the 4G rollout, taking in new areas and increasing the capacity and speed of network access by a factor of three, and developing trials of VoLTE access technology, carrier aggregation (CA) and also NB-IoT. Further, the cellco will aggressively implement LTE technology in the 900MHz band, as it strives to increase its footprint to more than 95% of the population in all cities/districts in Indonesia.

Indonesia, Telkomsel (Telekomunikasi Selular)