Colorado, USA, 19 March 2007: DigitalGlobe announced a customer agreement with PT Telkomsel, the leading operator of cellular telecommunications services in Indonesia. Telkomsel is using satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird to plan, build and manage its next- generation 3G infrastructure, including a new base station. QuickBird is currently the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging system.
“When Telkomsel set out to build a new 3G infrastructure to improve cellular services in our domestic Indonesian markets, we faced a number of challenges,” said Nyoman Sumadiyasa, at Telkomsel. “We’re working in several very remote geographies spread out across seven different regions, which makes planning and monitoring our physical assets very difficult. DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird imagery has enabled Telkomsel to plan and more efficiently build and monitor our 3G infrastructure.”
Telkomsel has the largest network coverage of any of the cellular operators in Indonesia, providing network coverage to more than 90 percent of the population and is the only operator in Indonesia that covers all of the country’s provinces and counties, and all sub-counties (“kecamatan”) in Sumatra, Java, and Bali/Nusra. The company offers GSM Dual Band (900 & 1800), GPRS, Wi-Fi, EDGE, and 3G Technology.
“Telkomsel’s work with QuickBird imagery is an excellent demonstration of how businesses around the world can leverage satellite content to more efficiently and effectively manage their physical assets in remote locations,” said Marc Tremblay, General Manager of DigitalGlobe’s Commercial Business Unit. “Through this partnership, DigitalGlobe will be helping Telkomsel to improve the country’s cell service and improve the communications infrastructure as a whole.”