Indonesian telecommunications company Telkomsel and Ericsson have recently renewed their partnership to expand and fortify their 4G/5G networks in Indonesia. Ericsson, known for its energy-efficient 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) solutions from the Ericsson Radio System, has already deployed these solutions in Aceh, Northern Sumatra, Central & West Sumatra, and the Eastern part of Kalimantan, including the New Capitol City (Nusantara). Moreover, the company has pioneered 5G services for industry within the B2B segment, commencing 5G deployment at a leading manufacturing company in Batam since 2021.
Telkomsel’s Director of Networks emphasized the significance of this collaboration in enhancing 4G/5G connectivity, noteing that the upgraded 4G/5G network would play a pivotal role in supporting Telkomsel’s initiatives, particularly in catering to the B2B and B2C sectors, including the Industry 4.0 ecosystem, the advancement of smart cities, and delivering enhanced benefits to consumers and various industrial sectors in Indonesia.
Ericsson is equipping Telkomsel’s network with Massive MIMO antenna integrated radio, known as AIR 3219. This technology is designed to meet the forthcoming needs of 5G, as well as Fixed Wireless Access and Convergence (FWA/FMC). According to Ericsson Indonesia, the deployment of cutting-edge multi-band and Massive MIMO radios such as AIR 3219, along with basebands, in Telkomsel’s network has the potential to lead to a reduction in energy consumption. This, in turn, will result in significant cost savings for Telkomsel, positively impacting its overall cost of ownership in the future.