Indonesia’s XL Axiata has strengthened its mobile data network coverage in five provinces in Kalimantan. The mobile network operator (MNO) revealed that the upgrade works continue apace to meet pent up demand for its data services: last year, data traffic in the region increased by 29% as it added more than 1,100 4G LTE base transceiver stations (BTS) – up 42% on the previous year.
Under the latest expansion, XL Axiata said it has expanded its 4G mobile network coverage to more than 1,800 villages (kelurahans) and 466 sub-districts in 55 cities/regencies spread across five provinces, or more than 75% of Kalimantan’s population. The MNO’s network in Kalimantan is supported by a total of more than 9,800 BTS, including more than 5,800 LTE BTS, which itself is supported by inter-regional fibre-optic cables as part of its network fiberisation process throughout Kalimantan. Hand in hand with the 4G rollout, the company also continues to implement its 3G shutdown programme which is accompanied by a re-farming process from 3G to 4G. XL confirmed the programme has now been completed across 90% of the total BTS in the region.
Commenting on the latest progress report, Acting Regional Group Head XL Axiata for Kalimantan, Horas Lubis, said: ‘Apart from the business aspect, our vision in expanding data networks to various regions of Kalimantan is to support accelerated development. We want to contribute to the local government’s efforts to advance the Kalimantan region, including preparing for the construction of network infrastructure in the National Capital Region (IKN). Quality data network infrastructure … includes the availability of a fast internet connection, which will enable the implementation of digitisation in various fields which will ultimately support the acceleration of development in Kalimantan.’ Horas added: ‘The expansion and improvement of data network quality by XL Axiata also continues to reach more remote areas in Kalimantan, including in the border areas of the country in three provinces, namely West Kalimantan, North Kalimantan and East Kalimantan.’