Siemens win contract to set up 3G/W-CDMA network for Telkomsel

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Siemens Communications Group has been awarded a contract to set up a 3G/W-CDMA network for Telkomsel, one of the country's major mobile communications network operators.

Siemens Communications Indonesia said Thursday that the 3-year framework agreement between Siemens and Telkomsel foresaw the supply of Siemens 3G Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment, including PDH and SDH Microwave Systems, for a large part of Telkomsel's geographically vast network area.

"Further to the supply of equipment, the agreement also covers the respective turnkey implementation services, as well as the technical services of the network operation support segment to be delivered by Siemens," said Dieter Klein, the director of Siemens Communications Indonesia.

The contract would allow Siemens to support Telkomsel in strengthening its leadership in the Indonesian mobile telecommunications market through further expanding Telkomsel's newly-launched 3G services throughout the country.

The contract expands Siemens existing footprint in Indonesia, and in Telkomsel, with some of the fast-growing and developing areas of eastern Indonesia parts now being able to enjoy telecommunications services through Siemens' 3-G radio network technology.

Siemens is continuing the historically strategic relationship with Telkomsel under which the operator's 2G network developed over the last more than 12 years, the company said.

The contract also strengthens Siemens competence in 3G services worldwide and will maintain Siemens' comfortable foothold in the Asia Pacific mobile telecommunications market over the long run.

"We at Siemens are very proud to be again selected as a partner by Telkomsel, allowing us to provide the new 3G technology and services for this country. Our end-to-end solutions will allow Telkomsel to meet the high demand in probably one of the most challenging telecommunications markets in the world, namely, Indonesia" said Klein.

As the pioneer in the global 3G/W-CDMA market, the Siemens/NEC alliance has achieved outstanding success. Over 90 percent of the world's 3G subscribers are communicating over 3G network technology from Siemens/NEC. An April 2005 report from the independent MM Research Institute in Tokyo positioned NEC/Siemens as the number one in the 3G/W-CDMA market for commercially installed radio base stations.
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