Ericsson to build and manage Natrindo’s 3G network in Indonesia
Thursday, January 5 2006, Indonesian mobile operator Natrindo Telepon Selular (NTS) has awarded Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) a contract to build, operate and manage its new 3G/WCDMA network in Jakarta and surrounding areas.
Under the two-year agreement Ericsson will supply both 2G and 3G/WCDMA radio network equipment and undertake the turnkey implementation of NTS’s upgraded network. Implementation will begin immediately.
Kusnadi Sukarja, President of NTS, says Ericsson was chosen primarily because of its technical and commercial merits, supported by its world-leading expertise in the rapidly changing mobile telecommunications industry.
"Ericsson has had a long-standing partnership with Malaysian operator Maxis, having been a key supplier for its 2G and 3G network, as well as a partner in the operations and management of the Maxis 3G network. Taking this into consideration, and with the challenging timelines in the rollout and implementation of this project, we felt
that Ericsson was best suited for the job" says Sukarja.
Mats Bosrup, President of Ericsson Indonesia, says: “We have been present in this country for nearly 100 years and we are proud to be part of the introduction of 3G in Indonesia. This will enable new advanced services in Indonesia.”
Ericsson is supplier to 44 of 80 WCDMA commercially launched networks worldwide, and has a 35 percent global market share in GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA.
Ericsson is shaping the future of mobile and broadband Internet communication through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.
About PT Natrindo Telepon Selular
PT Natrindo Telepon Seluler (NTS), is a subsidiary of Maxis Communications. It began operation in 2001 with the provision of GSM-based mobile telephone service to about 20,000 subscribers in the Surabaya and Malang regions of Indonesia. NTS holds one of two 3G licenses in Indonesia, with bandwidth of 10MHz at the 1900Mhz spectrum. The company now has the opportunity to expand its services to the 3G spectrum nationwide.
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