Indosat taps NSN for 3G network

Indonesian operator Indosat has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to provide infrastructure for the country’s first 3G network in Central and East Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan.

The GSM and 3G infrastructure will support Indosat’s deployment using the 900MHz band with services initially available in Bukit Tinggi and Padang in West Sumatra with the other regions to follow.

NSN will be Indosat’s exclusive vendor for radio access network modernisation in the Central and East Java, Kalimantan and Sumatra regions and enable Indosat to run GSM and 3G services concurrently on the 900MHz band.

“With Indonesia’s first 3G 900 network in West Sumatra, our users can enjoy greater coverage, faster data speeds, as well as high quality voice and data services. For example, HSPA coverage in rural areas and indoor coverage in urban areas will be greatly improved”, said Hans Moritz, director and CTO at Indosat.

The vendor is also upgrading its network management system to enable monitoring, management and optimisation of the networks and will provide support services, including network implementation.

“The contract with Indosat to modernise its existing network and enable the first commercial 3G 900 network in the country marks an important milestone in our business,” said Dharmesh Malhotra, head of Indonesia at NSN. “It further strengthens our relationship with Indonesia’s premier operator. We remain committed to helping Indosat address the rapidly growing demand for high-speed data services.”