Posted: January 6, 2014

Customers of Telkomsel, Indonesia’s largest telecom operator, now enjoy higher quality voice and data services with improved network capacity, speed and coverage, thanks to Nokia Solutions and Networks. The operator upgraded its GSM and 3G HSPA+ network across the country using NSN’s radio and core network as well as comprehensive services. In addition, NSN provided its refarming services for the 1800 MHz GSM band, helping Telkomsel successfully provide 4GLTE services for the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) CEO Summit in Bali, Indonesia, from October 1 to 8.

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Indonesia’s first public LTE network at the APEC CEO Summit provided ultra-fast mobile broadband services for about 5,000 delegates and participants attending the event. During the LTE test conducted before the summit, the 4G network successfully demonstrated a download speed of up to 70 Mbps (megabits per second) to analysts and journalists. The LTE network provided coverage throughout the summit venue and at other places such as Ngurah Rai International Airport and hotels in the Nusa Dua territory.

“The 4G LTE services that we offered during an international event such as APEC Summit, demonstrates our readiness to expand the broadband network in Indonesia. It is also a statement to the world that Indonesia is ready to implement the technology, and by implementing the technology in the country, we are going to support the economic development in Indonesia,” said Alex J. Sinaga, Chief Executive Officer of Telkomsel. “Our longstanding technology partner, NSN, helped us upgrade our existing GSM and 3G network across the country as well as deploy a reliable LTE network smoothly in Bali.”

“The deployment of an LTE network for the APEC summit further strengthened our well-established partnership with Telkomsel,” said Dharmesh Malhotra, head of sub-region at NSN Indonesia. “We have a solid grasp of the operator’s requirements as well as its roadmaps for the future. We have therefore upgraded Telkomsel’s existing network to provide better quality voice and data services and enhance the experience for its customers, and prepared its network to launch LTE services in the near future.”

Under the contract to upgrade Telekomsel’s GSM and 3G network, NSN supplied its Single RAN platform, which is based on its compact, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. In addition, the company implemented its NetAct network management system that enables consolidated monitoring, management, and operation of Telkomsel’s GSM and 3G network. Services scope of the contract covers network planning and optimization, network implementation, system integration, as well as care services from NSN.

For the LTE network for the APEC summit, NSN provided Telkomsel with its comprehensive LTE infrastructure including Single RAN, refarming services for the GSM 1800 MHz band to enhance service experience for the LTE users at the summit, Evolved Packet Core (EPC) platform, and its Home Subscriber Server (HSS) to support LTE user authentication and authorization. Its Circuit Switched Fall-Back (CSFB) system supported voice call functionality in the LTE network. The company also provided its Customer Experience Management (CEM) portfolio.

As of today, NSN has 116 commercial references for the delivery of LTE with leading customers in advanced mobile broadband markets such as Northern Europe, Japan, Korea and the United States.

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