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Indonesia is on its way to becoming initiated as a 4G capable country. It has already been acknowledged as a force to be reckoned with in the mobile wireless realm, with one of the top mobile markets in this past quarter, and the upgrade to 4G capabilities may further enhance its impact on the telecommunications front. The country’s leading mobile service provider has chosen Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to be integrated into their current networks that will be updated when they are ready.

JDS Uniphase (JDSU) has announced that it was the consultant of choice by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) to begin testing regional LTE trial deployments in Australia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. SingTel owns Telkomsel, Indonesia’s distinctive market leader with a market share of 46% that is still generating mobile connections. JDSU is still in the process of defining test cases, but in a press release they claimed that they will be utilizing the “industry’s only end-to-end test solution,”. This solution has been explained by saying that the company will “integrate Signaling Analyzer Real Time (SART) and Drive Test products [to] measure the performance of LTE equipment.”

The application of aforementioned upgrades, however, may not be on the agenda anytime in the near future. Acquiring LTE in Indonesia promises to be a difficult process due to the complicated spectrum licensing process. The vast majority of the country’s airwaves are currently in use by other mobile operators. There has not yet been a spectrum band available that has seemed adequately equipped to be successful in supporting a deployment of LTE technology. The acclimation from 3G to 4G should be a relatively smooth transition once the broadband is available, as the only technological features necessary for an upgrade is the infrastructure.

Disclosure: Author is long JDSU

Source: JDS Uniphase: Indonesia Making Strides Towards 4G LTE Network