Indonesia’s Bolt Super4G claimed to be the first mobile operator to deploy an LTE self-organising network (SON).

Bolt, which launched 4G service in Jakarta a year ago and has less than 1 per cent of the country’s mobile connections, was the first Indonesian operator to have one million 4G subscribers. It currently has about 7,500 TD-LTE cells.

The operator contracted P.I. Works to deploy its centralised SON product, called SON-G, which it said has significantly improved performance. It said the average throughput rates have increased by 25 per cent for the uplink and 22 per cent for the downlink, while the handover success rate has improved and drop rates have fallen.

“Since our network is growing quickly, a centralised SON solution is necessary for us to compensate for the growing pains,” said Bolt CTO Devid Gubiani. “We have learned a lot from P.I. Works and their experience with larger operators.”

Bolt has aggressively built out its network, initially targeting the Jakarta metropolitan area with a population of 35 million and is now adding new cities to its service.