Construction of one thousand Base Transceiver Station units is being tendered out for the Telkom Flexi service.
Base Transceiver Station (BTS), sometimes called base station or cell site, is the name for the antenna and radio equipment necessary to provide wireless telephone services in areas. Specifically, base transceiver stations handle the traffic and signalling between mobile phones and the larger Network Switching Subsystem.
Base Transceiver Station
On the 25th the CEO of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk. (Telkom), Arwin Rasyid, said that the construction and supply of one thousand BTS's, at a cost of one trillion rupiah, was being tendered out and that three Asian telecommunications companies, ZTE, Huawei Technologies, and Samsung, had shown an interest.
This is the second time that Telkom has announced the tendering of the BTS, the first tender having been cancelled, and Rasyid says that the winner will have to satisfy Telkom on price (80%), and non price issues (20%), the latter of which include the matters of product quality, degree of local content in components, and the use of local staff to maintain the systems.
The installation of the Base Transceiver Stations is expected to begin by sometime next year in Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, Bekasi, Banten, and a number of areas in West Java. Once installed they will enable Telkom Flexi users to migrate from the use of the 1900 megahertz frequency band to 800 Mhz.