Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH) has signed up Nokia to be its main supplier for parts as the operator expands its 4G and 5G network across Indonesia.
The companies signed a three-year deal, in the comprehensive contract Nokia will provide solutions form its latest AirScale portfolio and cover an area of 1.4 million square kilometres including the Sumatra island, Kalimantan island, Central Java and Surabaya city.
The vendor will also provide equipment from its ReefShark-powered AirScale portfolio including base stations and 5G Single RAN for premium indoor and outdoor coverage. Its consolidation services will merge spectrum from IOH into a single network to minimise impact to end-users.
Nokia said it aims to support IOH’s ambition to the preferred operator by meeting consumer demands through improving data throughput and customer experience while preparing for early 5G deployment which is expected to begin this month (March).
IOH president director and CEO Vikram Sinha said: "We are excited to collaborate with our long-standing partner Nokia on this crucial project to consolidate and expand our networks for optimal utilization of our resources while providing a world-class digital experience to our subscribers. Nokia's 5G-ready and industry-leading solution will help us maximize the asset utilization even as we future-proof our investments and enhance network performance."
Nokia mobile networks Tommi Uitto added: “We are looking forward to supporting Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison in this crucial initiative to expand its coverage footprint and prepare the networks for more innovative 5G services in the near future. Nokia's 5G-ready AirScaleportfolio will help Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison to launch next-generation services while helping it to bring down its operational expense.”