Indonesian mobile operator Telkomsel (Telekomunikasi Selular), 65%-owned by the country’s dominant fixed line services provider Telkom, has announced it is extending its 4G LTE coverage to East Flores Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province, including remote areas such as Adonara Barat District and Woloklibang Village (on Adonara Island) – a so-called ‘3T’ region in the country. Under the network expansion, Telkomsel says it has deployed no fewer than 1,279 base transceiver stations (BTS) serving more than 90% of the population of East Nusa Tenggara Province.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in April this year Telkomsel reported that its 4G LTE coverage now served more than 95% of the population, having deployed 87,000 BTS on its network to support a wide range of broadband and digital-based services. The cellco built out approximately 23,000 new 4G 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.
In 2020 Telkomsel aims to 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 operational footprint.