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Economy in brief: Smartfren installs 4,000 BTS for 4G LTE

Publicly listed CDMA telecommunication operator Smartfren Telecom will add 4,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) to support the company’s implementation of Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) technology this year.

Smartfren deputy CEO Djoko Tata Ibrahim said to implement 4G LTE technology, the company would have to increase the number of BTS to 10,000 from the existing 6,000. To install the BTS, Smartfren is teaming up with Nokia and ZTE as vendors to build the 4G LTE network.

“We have signed a contract with Nokia and ZTE. The investment is about US$400-$500 million to develop this network through 2016,” Djoko said, as quoted by, hoping that Smartfren could launch commercialization of the 4G LTE technology by the end of this year.

Djoko expects the technology to increase average revenue per user (ARPU) from its data customers to Rp 65,000 this year from Rp 45,000 last year. However, the tariff scheme for customers remains unknown.

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