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Nokia wins Indosat contract to expand 5G across Indonesia

The deal will bring next-gen communication technology to customers across a 1.4 million square kilometre area

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Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH) has signed a three-year agreement with Nokia to deploy and expand its 4G and 5G networks across Indonesia.

As part of the deal, Nokia will provide radio access solutions from its ReefShark-powered AirScale portfolio to Sumatra, Kalimantan, Central Java, and Surabaya, over an area spanning 1.4 million square kilometers.

Nokia’s latest AirScale portfolio will also facilitate base stations and 5G Single RAN for effective indoor and outdoor network coverage. The rollout is anticipated to begin this month.

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Additionally, IOH will consolidate its spectrum into a single network through Nokia's integration services, with the aim of minimizing disruption to customers.

"We are excited to collaborate with our long-standing partner Nokia on this crucial project to consolidate and expand our networks for optimal utilization of our resources while providing a world-class digital experience to our subscribers,” said Vikram Sinha, president director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison.

“Nokia's 5G-ready and industry-leading solution will help us maximize the asset utilization even as we future-proof our investments and enhance network performance,” added Sinha.

IOH users will also be able to upgrade to 5G services remotely with Nokia's technology, either using a software update or a plug-in card.

IOH also claims its multi-year network expansion deal with Nokia will contribute to making it Indonesia's most preferred digital telecommunications company for data performance and customer experience.

“We are looking forward to supporting Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison in this crucial initiative to expand its coverage footprint and prepare the networks for more innovative 5G services in the near future. Nokia's 5G-ready AirScale portfolio will help Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison to launch next-generation services while helping it to bring down its operational expense,” said Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia.

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