Microwave Journal

Ericsson Expands Relationship with XL in Indonesia

August 17, 2007

PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk (XL) has awarded Ericsson the contract to expand its GSM/GPRS and WCDMA/HSPA in Indonesia. Under the three and a half year frame agreement, the company will supply both best-in-class 2G and 3G radio access network and MINI-LINK microwave transmission equipment, as well as deployment of its proven Mobile Softswitch Solution.

This is a step forward for XL in the evolution to an all-IP network, which is necessary to support the rapid growth and cost-efficiency of network capacity and coverage. The network expansion will extend XL's footprint and enable it to address the ever-increasing need for mobile communications and broadband services in Indonesia.

Ericsson will also supply the network deployment and integration, as well as network and technology consulting, such as network performance improvement, network capacity and design, among other services. The company supported XL in its first introduction of 3G technology and services to Indonesia and this new agreement strengthens its position as a reliable partner for further expansion.

Hasnul Suhaimi, president director of XL, commented, "High-quality network coverage, bandwidth capacity, innovative products and services are key to our long-term growth and sustainability. We have selected Ericsson because we need a partner who can support us in fulfilling these requirements."

Bengt Thornberg, president, Ericsson Indonesia, replied, "Ericsson has a longstanding relationship with XL and this major contract demonstrates the trust and commitment between the two companies. It showcases Ericsson Indonesia's capability to support our customers in all product areas, as well as services, in this high growth market."