TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - PT Telekomunikasi Seluler (Telkomsel) now operates 128 3G base transceiver stations (BTS) in several border areas in Indonesia. The BTS activation coincided with the celebration of Indonesia's 70th Independence on Monday, August 17, 2015.
"We have activated BTS in border areas and remote islands," sales director Mas'ud Khamid said Tuesday, August 18.
The activation ceremony took place on the island of Sebatik Nunukan, North Kalimantan, where Telkomsel has activated 10 additional 3G base stations capable of providing broadband access to local residents.
Mas'ud said that at the same time Telkomsel also activated other 3G base stations in the border of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (Merauke, Jayapura), Indonesia and Australia (Rote Island), Indonesia and East Timor (Atambua), Indonesia and The Philippines (Sangihe), Indonesia and Malaysia (Sebatik-Nunukan), Indonesia and Indonesia and Singapore (Batam), as well as Indonesia and Vietnam (Natuna Islands).
He said that telecommunications services are essential in maintaining the unity of the Republic of Indonesia.
"Telkomsel currently has more than 480 BTS (3G & 2G) in border areas," he said.
The availability of data services in border regions is also expected to assist the Indonesian National Army (TNI) in supporting various military operations.