PT Hutchinson CP Telecom Indonesia, operator of the '3' brand cellular service, has invested $1 billion in the development of its telecommunications facilities in Indonesia, Asia Pulse reported.
"We plan to become the biggest operator in Indonesia next year," marketing director of Hutchinson Suresh Reddy said.
He said Indonesia is an important market for Hutchinson, especially with its population now reaching more than 230 million. "The telecommunications sector here has been growing very rapidly. We need to meet their wishes," he said.
ICGR director of Hutchinson Indonesia Sidik said that operator 3 has controlled the company's networks in Sumatra, Java, Bali, and West Nusa Tenggara.
Priority of this year's infrastructure expansion will be on Kalimantan and Sulawesi, he said.
"We will aggressively expand our networks in Kalimantan and Sulawesi until the end of 2008. We will also enter other islands in Indonesia," Sidik said.
The company's subscribers have now reached 2.3 million, and the increase in the number of to the 3 network is largely due to network expansion in the last 18 months. Sidik said that Hutchinson currently operated 6,000 base transceiver stations (BTS).