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.