PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk (XL) has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) to build its 3G/WCDMA network in Indonesia. It will provide higher data rates and enhance the end-user experience through High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA). Ericsson has also been chosen to supply its Mobile Softswitch Solution for nationwide deployment, as well as business consulting services.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will supply radio access products and be responsible for the performance and improvement of the radio network, as well as providing operations & maintenance services. The 3G network deployment includes Java, Bali and Lombok, with a focus on six major cities. Ericsson will also provide business consulting to support XL in its preparation for the launch of its 3G network.
Ericsson's Mobile Softswitch Solution will also be deployed to upgrade and expand XL's 2G and 3G networks across Indonesia and is the first step in the operator's evolution to an all-IP network. This solution supports rapid and cost-efficient growth of capacity and coverage. Through the introduction of a layered architecture, Ericsson's Mobile Softswitch allows XL to have a common platform to offer new and advanced consumer services.
Hasnul Suhaimi, President Director of XL, says: "Our decision to form this mutually beneficial partnership with Ericsson is based on Ericsson's experience in providing cutting-edge telecommunication technology and reliability in delivering its services. We are committed to providing reliable convergent telecommunication solutions to the Indonesian market, and we believe that Ericsson can support us."
Bengt Thornberg, President of Ericsson Indonesia, says: "We are honored to be selected to deploy XL's 3G network in Indonesia and committed to supporting XL during these important steps in the development of its network, by providing an efficient evolution to all-IP and a solid platform for next-generation services in the market."
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About Ericsson Softswitch solutions
Ericsson is the leading provider of softswitch solutions for both mobile and wireline networks. Ericsson's solutions are commercially proven and fully standards-compliant, offering an efficient and low-risk evolution of existing circuit-switched networks to a telecom-quality, IP-based service platform. They use network resources in the most cost-efficient way to provide both classic telephony and next-generation services. More than 70 fixed and mobile operators worldwide have commercially launched services based on Ericsson's softswitch solutions. Ericsson has more than 50 Mobile Softswitch Solution networks in full commercial service and in total Ericsson has 150 MSS contracts or trials in progress worldwide.
HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access), the first step in the evolution path of WCDMA, enables operators to introduce attractive new services such as mobile broadband with mobile TV, mobile music, high-speed internet connectivity and fixed wireless services. Ericsson's HSPA solution offers ADSL-like peak data speeds for the downlink up to 3.6Mbps now and up to 14.4Mbps by the end of 2006. Ericsson is the primary supplier to more than 50 percent of all commercially launched WCDMA networks and is the primary supplier to the world's first commercial HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) launches. Ericsson expects first commercial launches of HSPA for the uplink, Enhanced Uplink, to take place early 2007.
PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk (XL)
XL, one of the leading telecommunication companies in Indonesia, is the subsidiary of TM, one of the largest telecommunication companies in Asia, through its wholly owned investment arm TM International Sdn Bhd. XL started its commercial operations on October 8, 1996. Currently XL provides consumer solutions by providing dual-band cellular networks through pre-paid cards jimat, jempol and bebas and post-paid card Xplor. XL's business solutions unit is a provider of leased-line, broadband and IP (Internet Protocol)-based corporate solutions. In 2005, TM became the controlling shareholder with a 59.7 percent equity stake in XL.