Indonesia's Smartfren Selects Nokia Virtualized EPC for its LTE-Advanced Network Rollout

Indonesia's Smartfren Selects Nokia Virtualized EPC for its LTE-Advanced Network Rollout Image Credit: Nokia Networks

Smartfren, an Indonesian mobile operator with close to 12 million subscribers has deployed Nokia Networks' virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) network and its Single RAN Advanced hardware for its LTE-Advanced service that leverages the hybrid TDD-FDD LTE technology. The vEPC includes Nokia's Flexi Network Server (NS) and Flexi Network Gateway (NG).

Last month, Smartfren commercially launched its 4G LTE-Advanced network in 22 major cities across the country. The new 4G LTE-Advanced service leverages both the FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE standards to increase bandwidth, enabling customers to enjoy improved multimedia streaming, online games, cloud storage and video conferencing.

Under the contract, Nokia Networks deployed the network in 11 cities across Western Indonesia, including Jakarta. Nokia has also deployed Nokia Networks' Flexi Zone small cell solution and 4G indoor pico base stations to optimize indoor coverage. In addition, Nokia supported the deployment with its Network Management suite, NetAct and iSON Manager, a centralized Self Organizing Networks solution to optimize Smartfren's network efficiency.

Christian Daigneault, CTO, Smartfren
Smartfren is deploying the most advanced LTE technology together with the support of Nokia, using hybrid TDD/FDD to achieve the highest speeds with TDD at 2300 MHz and the widest coverage and better in-building penetration with FDD at 850 MHz. 

Dharmesh Malhotra, Head of Indonesia, Nokia Networks
Smartfren's investment in the new LTE-Advanced network with broadband and broadcast capabilities marks a key milestone in Indonesia's telecommunications industry. The operator is also taking an important step towards telco cloud with the EPC virtualization. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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