Indonesia’s second largest telecoms group PT Indosat has launched a new, faster broadband service under the banner ‘Super Internet’, offering the service over its UMTS-900 network to meet the needs for high speed internet connectivity in Bali. The cellco’s new service offers a maximum internet connection of 42Mbps – i.e. dual-carrier HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+) technology – and claims to support stronger indoor and outdoor coverage, as well as a wider service footprint. Indosat is the first Indonesian operator to be awarded a licence to offer 3G/3.5G in the 900MHz band with its head of technology operations infrastructure, Ginandjar Alibasjah, noting that the 900MHz band provides for better coverage than the previous UMTS 2100MHz technology on offer.
‘We are modernising the network by improving our BTS [base transceiver stations] to be able to transmit a stronger signal,’ he said, adding that the operator has plans to upgrade some 5,000 to 6,000 BTS nationwide in the next two years, to allow a similar service quality for all customers anywhere in Indonesia. Indosat customers can sign up to Super Internet on any smart device platform using an IM3, Mentari or Matrix package, starting from only IDR25,000 (USD2.20) for a quota of 6GB. Further, Super Internet can be experienced in Bali through Wi-Fi hotspot services available in 450 locations with the support of 1,400 BTS.