Indonesia’s Indosat selects Alcatel-Lucent to deploy GSM/EDGE network in Kalimantan
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been awarded a multi-year contract to deploy a GSM/EDGE network for Indosat, a leading mobile service provider in Indonesia.
Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will provide Indosat with its Evolium® Base Station Subsystem hardware and software as well as a comprehensive suite of professional services such as network optimization, system support and general project management.
Indosat is targeting areas outside of Java such as Kalimantan to deliver mobile services where penetration rates are still below 30 percent and many people there have never had access to reliable communications services.
“We see great potential for revenue and subscriber growth in areas that today are largely underserved from a telecommunications standpoint,” said Indosat Deputy President Director Kaizad B. Herjee. “The network expansion we have implemented will enable us to accelerate providing reliable, high-quality mobile services to these users.”
Alcatel-Lucent also will supply its microwave systems offering Indosat platforms that will optimize how voice and data traffic is managed and transmitted from the base stations to the core network. This new generation of digital microwave radio links will enable the Indosat network to quickly and efficiently adapt to the growth in traffic and services.
“Indosat’s decision to deploy our base stations subsystems and other technology is a big step forward for Alcatel-Lucent in the Indonesian market,” said Frederic Rose, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Asia Pacific. “Our goal is to provide operators such as Indosat with the turnkey solutions they need to serve millions of users who today do not have telecommunications service.”
Alcatel-Lucent enjoys a strong partnership with Indosat and previously provided the Indonesian operator with a broad range of solutions including its GSM core network, Microwave (PDH and SDH) solutions, optical components, international gateways, IP solutions and submarine backbone networks.
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