Indonesian mobile network operator XL Axiata, a subsidiary of Axiata Group of Malaysia, has announced plans to deploy additional base transceiver stations (BTS) and fibre-optic cables by December, as it looks to improve the overall quality of its wireless data services in the country. The Jakarta Post quotes the firm’s VP for project management Agus P Simorangkir as confirming too that XL Axiata is in the throes of installing an additional 9,000km of fibre, to augment the 21,000km it currently owns. ‘We started installing the fibre-optic cable in January and expect to have the work completed by December,’ the official said, adding that optical fibre is being rolled out to connect regions outside Java, including Samarinda in East Kalimantan, Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan and Minahasa in North Sulawesi. Further, the carrier is also looking to commission 25 new BTS in Central Java by the year end, to boost the total number of cell sites on its network from the 41,293 it has now. XL Axiata has set aside IDR8 trillion (USD718 million) from its CAPEX for this year for infrastructure development, while also allocating funds for the development of 4G services. The company is still waiting for the government to issue it with a permit to start building its 4G network. With the authorities currently reviewing its proposal concerning the development of Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Indonesia, XL Axiata hopes to begin construction of the new network as soon as it has been issued with its 4G licence.
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