NSN upgrades 3G network and deploys LTE services for Telkomsel in Indonesia

NSN supplies radio and core network plus services for network upgrade along with LTE infrastructure and refarming services ahead of Bali APEC summit

NSN upgrades 3G network and deploys LTE services for Telkomsel in Indonesia

Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has helped Telkomsel, Indonesia’s largest telecom operator, to upgrade 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 1800MHz GSM band, helping Telkomsel successfully provide 4G LTE services for the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) CEO Summit in Bali, Indonesia, from 1-8 October 2013.

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 70Mbps (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.

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.

The services scope of the contract covers network planning and optimisation, 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 1800MHz 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.

“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, CEO 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.”

Dharmesh Malhotra, head of sub-region at NSN Indonesia, said: “The deployment of an LTE network for the APEC summit further strengthened our well-established partnership with Telkomsel. 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.”

As of today, NSN said it 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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