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Indosat gears up for 4G and launches Asia’s fastest network


· Increases speed for consumers, enables true “instant access”

· 3-year frame Agreement to modernize mobile network and prepare it for 4G

· Greener network with alternative power sources and features that reduce energy consumption by up to 50 percent

As part of a multi year project aimed to enhance Indonesians’ mobile experience, Indosat has commissioned Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) to modernize its network and, at the same time, launched Asia’s fastest mobile network, based on Ericsson’s HSPA Evolution technology, capable of reaching up to 42Mbps. Indosat is currently serving 39.1 million subscribers in Indonesia.

The modernization will not only prepare the network to migrate to next generation LTE technology, but it will also gear it up with features that reduce energy consumption and footprint, making the network more environment friendly while reducing operating costs. The sustainable character of this network will be boosted by a number of “green sites” powered by alternative energy sources.

Harry Sasongko Tirtotjondro, Indosat’s President Director, says: We proudly launch the fastest internet access DC-HSPA+ 42 Mbps, in which Indosat is the first operator in Asia and the second in the world. Besides providing the fastest download data up to 42 Mbps, through the network modernization, Indosat is also supporting the telecommunication industry in creating ’green telco’ that will reduce the power consumption and create a friendly environment. It will also be beneficial as it creates efficiency for the company"

Johan Wibergh, head of Ericsson’s networks unit, says: “With mobile data traffic doubling every year, network modernization has become key for operators to continue offering the best experience to their customers while reducing total cost of ownership and taking care of their own environmental impact”.

As part of the agreement Ericsson will provide Indosat with latest technology available: Radio Base Station (RBS) 6000, MSS Blade Cluster, and MINI-LINK TN. Network design, deployment, training and support services are also part of the agreement. The modernization will provide Indosat with the flexibility to evolve to next generation technology, known as LTE (Long Term Evolution).

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Photo of Johan Wibergh

Photo of products: RBS6000 and Evolved Packet Core

Ericsson LTE achievement list

About Indosat

Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the “prime driver in an all-communicating world” through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 80,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 206.5 billion (USD 27.1 billion) in 2009. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX NASDAQ, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York

About Indosat

Indosat is a leading telecommunication and information service provider in Indonesia that provides cellular services (Mentari, Matrix and IM3), fixed telecommunication services or fixed voice (IDD 001, IDD 008 and FlatCall 01016, fixed wireless service StarOne and I-Phone). Indosat also provides Multimedia, Internet & Data Communication Services (MIDI) through its subsidiary company, Indosat Mega Media (IM2) and Lintasarta. Indosat also provides 3.5 G with HSDPA technology. Indosat’s shares are listed in the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX:ISAT) and its American Depository Shares are listed in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:IIT).


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