Telkomsel and Ericsson strengthen partnership to expand 4G/5G networks in Indonesia

Via Ericsson

Aug 9, 2023

  • Telkomsel renews contract with Ericsson to expand 4G / 5G networks
  • Ericsson’s ultra-lightweight and energy-efficient Massive MIMO AIR 3219 to be introduced in the Telkomsel network
  • Ericsson Imagine Live event showcases the company’s latest, most advanced portfolio and technology innovations in Indonesia

Telkomsel (PT Telekomunikasi Selular) and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced their renewed partnership to grow and strengthen their existing 4G / 5G networks footprint in Indonesia. Ericsson has been providing connectivity and has deployed its energy-efficient 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System in Aceh, Northern Sumatra, Central & West Sumatra and Eastern part of Kalimantan, including New Capitol City (Nusantara). Thus, in B2B (Business-to-Business) segment, 5G services for Industry have been pioneered through 5G deployment in a leading manufacturing company in Batam since 2021.

Nugroho, Director of Networks, Telkomsel says; “As a reliable, long-term technology partner, we warmly welcome the renewal of partnership to provide 4G/5G connectivity with Ericsson, which is a continuation of their commitment to strengthening the latest broadband network technology support they have in Indonesia. The upgraded 4G/5G network will support Telkomsel’s efforts in realizing the development of services for B2B and B2C segment, especially for the Industry 4.0 ecosystem, strengthening smart cities, and bringing greater benefits to consumers and across industrial sectors in Indonesia. With the measurable and gradual deployment of Telkomsel's 5G network, we continue to open up more potential for progress and be at the forefront of accelerating the adoption of an increasingly inclusive and sustainable digital lifestyle."

Ericsson is powering Telkomsel’s network with its ultra-lightweight, energy-efficient Massive MIMO antenna integrated radio AIR 3219 that will serve to address future 5G and Fixed Wireless Access and Convergence (FWA/FMC) requirements.

Jerry Soper, Head of Ericsson Indonesia, says: “We are delighted to renew and strengthen our partnership with Telkomsel within our existing radio footprint in Indonesia. Our latest generation of multi-band and Massive MIMO radios like AIR 3219, and basebands that are being deployed in the network, can help Telkomsel reduce energy consumption thereby significantly lower their energy costs and total cost of ownership going forward.”

The new generation Massive MIMO radios from Ericsson have been developed with the goal of having industry-leading, energy efficient products with the smallest size and lightest weight possible.

Ericsson today powers 147 live 5G networks across 63 countries across the globe. Ericsson’s 5G leadership has been recognized by important independent analyst reports: Gartner 5G Magic Quadrant 2023, (third year in a row) and Frost Radar Global 5G Infrastructure. Ericsson also scored the number 1 position in the latest ABI Research report on telco vendors sustainability.

“In addition to enhanced user experience for Telkomsel customers – thanks to higher speeds, low latency and large data handling capabilities – Ericsson’s 5G products and solutions will also enable Telkomsel to pursue new, innovative use cases with its enterprise and industry customers,” adds Jerry.

Ericsson and Telkomsel announced their renewed partnership at the Ericsson Imagine Live event held in Jakarta today. Ericsson Imagine Live represents a showcase of the company’s latest innovations and technology demonstrations. The technology demos encompass key topics including network evolution, capturing new business opportunities with 5G, start-up innovations and digital transformation initiatives of enterprises from across the globe.

With a presence in Indonesia for 116 years, Ericsson has been playing a pivotal role in powering virtually every facet of telecommunications in the country – providing connectivity across 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G.

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