Mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata has extended and deepened its network coverage in the province of East Kalimantan, deploying more than 190 base transceiver stations (BTS) – of which 80 are 4G LTE BTS – along the 100km Balikpapan-Samarinda Toll Road. The latest deployment augments XL’s coverage in East Kalimantan which now extends to nine cities/districts, supported by more than 2,200 BTS (>890 4G LTE), blanketing urban centres such as Balikpapan, Samarinda, Bontang, Berau, East Kutai, West Kutai, Kutai Kartanegara, Paser and North Paser. Further, IndoTelko notes that the MNO is building out its network to support the government’s Universal Service Obligation (USO) scheme in Kalimantan, and to date, has constructed 66 USO BTS in the region.
As at 31 March 2020, XL Axiata’s nationwide network comprised more than 133,000 BTS, including more than 43,000 4G BTS, serving customers in 449 cities/districts across various regions in Indonesia. The rollout is supported by XL’s network ‘fiberization’ programme, which to date spans all provincial capitals and large cities, especially in cities or areas where data growth is strong. Today, the MNO’s fibre-optic network has reached around 53% of the total target in 2020, it said, reaching around 200 cities and districts, including cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, Medan, Bandung, Palembang, Makassar and Balikpapan.