Smartfren Launches 4G LTE-A Service in 22 Major Cities in Indonesia

Smartfren Launches 4G LTE-A Service in 22 Major Cities in Indonesia

PT Smartfren Telecom, an Indonesian mobile operator with close to 12 million subscribers has commercially launched its 4G LTE-Advanced network in 22 major cities of Indonesia. The new 4G LTE-Advanced leverages both the FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE standards to increase the bandwidth, enabling customers to enjoy improved multimedia streaming, online games, cloud storage and video conferencing.

Smartfren's new LTE-A network was deployed using ZTE’s LTE solutions including eNB (evolved node B), Cloud Radio and eHRPD to deliver the best user experience to subscribers.

According to ZTE, its Universal Subscriber Profile Platform (USPP), Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF), and Online Charging System (OCS) products, the core NEs of both CDMA and LTE networks are highly integrated to provide a unified user database and policy control and charging policies, allowing the LTE network to be deployed rapidly, facilitating maintenance and operation of 3G and 4G networks in the future, and lowering operational costs.

Paul Hodges, Smartfren Chief Executive Officer
The nationwide launch of our 4G LTE-Advanced service follows successful trials and the June launch of our Andromax range of LTE Smartphone and portable WiFi devices.

Christian Daigneault, Smartfren Chief Technology Officer
Smartfren just launched the widest LTE Advanced Service in Indonesia. We leverage both TDD and FDD technologies to get best of both technologies: high capacity and throughput on TDD at 2300 MHz and large coverage with FDD at 850 Mhz. With this combination, we can offer the best broadband experience. We have chosen ZTE for this deployment due to our long time relationship and their leadership with TDD networks.

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