In a press release, Nokia said it has been selected by Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH) as a ‘prime supplier’ in a multi-year network deal to expand its 4G coverage, while laying the groundwork for the continuation of 5G deployments in the near future. The comprehensive deal, which will see the vendor provide solutions from its AirScale portfolio, will cover an area of 1.4 million square kilometres including Sumatra island, Kalimantan island, Central Java and the city of Surabaya. The project will support the cellco’s ambitions to become the leading player in the country, improve data throughput and prepare the network for early 5G deployments. The rollout is expected to begin this month.
Vikram Sinha, President Director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, said: ‘We are excited to collaborate with our long-standing partner Nokia on this crucial project to consolidate and expand our networks for optimal utilisation of our resources while providing a world-class digital experience to our subscribers. Nokia’s 5G-ready and industry-leading solution will help us maximise the asset utilisation even as we future-proof our investments and enhance network performance.’