Gunadi Dwi Hantoro, access technology deployment plan manager at PT Telkomsel, is speaking in the Mobile Backhaul & HetNets track on Day Two of the LTE Asia conference taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we find out about the milestones and challenges facing the Indonesian operator.
What have been the main developments and major milestones for you over the last 12 months with regards to LTE?
PT Telkomsel Indonesia has primarily focused on regulation issues. We have tried to propose the frequency we want to use via trials and have produced reports on these to the national regulator.
How much of a challenge do you feel monetising LTE will be?
It will be a challenge. LTE will create the growth of a data boom and the problem is how to monetise that data that is generated from an LTE infrastructure.
Tell me about the fresh challenges that LTE brings with regard to backhaul?
The backhaul should have the capability of transferring traffic coming from LTE and in order to do that, using FTTH for backhaul is a must.
What technologies are on your roadmap?
Initially we are not looking to deploy VoLTE, but LTE Advanced will be implemented once we have more licensed spectrum.
There are still some concerns over the performance of the latest handsets with regard to LTE in terms of battery life and call quality. What’s your view?
I agree with your statement. The big problem of smartphones, not just LTE devices is the battery capability.
Why is attending the LTE Asia conference such an important date in your diary?
It’s a great event because the participants come from many contries. It means that I can share experience and benchmarks with other operatosr, vendor and regulators to develop our LTE proposition.