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Indonesian mobile operator aims to reach 130 million more people

Telkomsel selects Nokia Siemens Networks to provide coverage, quality and energy efficiency

(PresseBox) (Jakarta, Indonesia, ) Indonesian mobile operator Telkomsel has signed a new frame agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks to greatly expand its existing network coverage, boost capacity and improve performance. The Indonesian market holds tremendous potential for mobile voice and data services, with active subscribers making up less than half a population of 240 million.

The deal between Telkomsel and its long term network and services supplier Nokia Siemens Networks, covers the supply, deployment and integration of WCDMA/HSPA radio access networks (RAN) as well as 2G business support system (BSS) and services solutions in the country. This includes the supply of Nokia Siemens Networks' award winning, and world's most energy efficient, Flexi base station*.

Sarwoto Atmosutarno, CEO Telkomsel, said, "The cooperation is Telkomsel's effort to maintain our position as the service leader in a very competitive market. We are highly aware of the importance of network quality in the era where competition is a call for quality. Therefore, we continuously expand our networks as well as increase capacity, one of which is realized by strengthening our partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks."

"This year, by collaborating with various network vendors, Telkomsel will deploy 4000 new base stations, with a total investment of USD1.5 billion, which is an effort to provide a level of communications comfort to herald the new era of quality-based services as promoted by the government."

Arjun Trivedi, Head of Indonesia, Nokia Siemens Networks, said, "As Telkomsel's long standing network vendor, we understand and share its vision of providing unequaled mobile services to a growing subscriber base. This contract strengthens our reputation as the leading mobile network technology and management company in Indonesia."

The Telkomsel network continues to be monitored, managed, and optimized by the Nokia Siemens Networks multi-vendor, multi-technology network and service management solution, NetAct, which will be upgraded to better support Telkomsel in managing their customers' service experience.

About PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel)

Telkomsel is the service leader of cellular telecommunications services in Indonesia with 69 million customers or more than 50% market share. Telkomsel provides GSM cellular services in Indonesia, through its own nationwide Dual band 900/1800 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE/ WCDMA/HSDPA network, and internationally, through 330 international roaming partners all over the world. Telkomsel is the first operator in Indonesia to launch 3G services in September 2006 and had the biggest 3G community with more than 9.2 million subscribers in more than 140 cities. Telkomsel has the largest network coverage of any of the cellular operators in Indonesia, providing network coverage to over 95% of Indonesia's population and the only operator in Indonesia that covers all of the country's provinces, counties, and all sub-counties ("kecamatan") in Sumatra, Java, Bali/Nusra and Kalimantan.

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*Notes for editors:

Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Base Station has been recognized as the world's most progressive mobile network technology at the annual GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2009. For more information:

Nokia Siemens Networks is the industry leader in WCDMA/HSPA. To date it has close to 150 3G radio network references, with over 110 networks in commercial use. The company is also the indisputable leader in EDGE, with close to 180 references and commercial deployments. Nokia Siemens Networks is the forerunner in flat network architecture with its I-HSPA innovation and end-to-end LTE solution enabling a smooth migration path for operators to LTE.

Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

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