Smartfren deploys TDD-FDD LTE-A in 11 cities

Smartfren deploys TDD-FDD LTE-Advanced in 11 cities

10 SEP 2015

Smartfren Telecom rolled out a TDD-FDD LTE-Advanced network in 11 cities in western Indonesia, including Jakarta.

The operator, one of the smallest operators in Indonesia with less than a 4 per cent market share, said it’s the first TDD-FDD network deployed in the country (utilising both unpaired TDD spectrum and paired FDD airwaves).

Smartfren, with about 12 million mobile connections, is using two equipment vendors for its network – Nokia Networks and ZTE.

Under the contract with Nokia, which covers western Indonesia, it has deployed the vendor’s core, radio and small-cell platforms and plans to add its virtualised evolved-packet core (EPC).

Smartfren last month said it upgraded its 4G network in Jakarta to LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) with two-band carrier aggregation.

The operator plans to roll out LTE-A in 32 cities using both TDD (2.3GHz) and FDD (800-850MHz) frequencies.

It has contracted ZTE to deploy the LTE-A network in Central Java, East Java, Sulawesi and Kalimantan, and also plans to expand into eastern Indonesia.


Joseph Waring

Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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