Ericsson to build and manage Natrindo’s 3G network in Indonesia

Indonesian mobile operator Natrindo Telepon Selular (NTS) has awarded Ericsson 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.