Indonesia's H3I taps Nokia for core network upgrade

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Hutchison 3 Indonesia (H3I) has contracted Nokia to expand its core network to meet growing mobile data demands in the market.

Under the agreement, Nokia will supply H3I with packet core technology in cities including Surabaya, Semarang, Solo and Yogyakarta - the most densely populated cities in the country.

Nokia will also provide network planning, optimization, implementation and care services, as well as its Flexi convergent mediation device and its NetAct operations support system. The contract is also aimed at laying the groundwork for future network upgrades to meet emerging demands.

H3I has been seeing data traffic double around every nine months as a result of rapid smartphone and 3G data adoption in Indonesia's growing economy.

Mobile is playing a leading role in providing internet connectivity to Indonesians. As of the start of 2016 there were over 320 million mobile subscribers across Indonesia, while fixed broadband penetration remained under 2%.

“We are pleased to have Nokia’s services and technology expertise at our side as we evolve our core network to meet the speed and quality needs of a growing number of connected consumers and business users in Indonesia,” H3I president director Randeep Singh Sekhon said.

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