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November 24, 2010

ID-WiBB to Launch Indonesian Broadband Roaming Facility

By David Sims
TMCnet Contributing Editor

To encourage WiMAX growth in Indonesia, ID-WiBB has announced the launch of an Indonesian broadband roaming facility to serve "the many wireless broadband service providers throughout the region."

ID-WiBB is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization formed to promote national vision through the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products in Indonesia.

Aptilo Networks, the global leader in integrated solutions for control of billing, user services and access in wireless networks including WiFi (News - Alert), WiMAX and LTE, has been selected by ID-WIBB to enable this multi-access roaming.

Company officials say this move "will enable roaming between WiMAX and WiFi and possibly future LTE (News - Alert) operators, creating a unified 4G wireless network across the nation."

Aptilo certainly doesn't mind working off the beaten track. About a month ago, TMC's (News - Alert) Carolyn J. Dawson reported that Aptilo networks will use its WiMax CSN System to deploy Fanoos’ New WiMax network in northern Iraq.

Along with the complete backend deployment of the network, Aptilo will also provide prepaid billing services for Fanoos Telecom. As the first pre-integrated system, Aptilo's WiMax CSN is a wireless broadband data and voice services solution for mobile WiMax AAA and service control.

Fanoos WiMax network will be deployed in regions such as Sulaimaniyah, Mosul and Kirkuk by taking advantage of the existing AsiaCell tower infrastructure with the rollout to be completed by the year end. The network will cater to the needs of both the residential and enterprise markets that include a total population exceeding 10 million.

Kanaka Hidayat of ID-WiBB, said their goal is to "encourage further wireless broadband adoption and growth of the broadband ecosystem by establishing an automatic networked ID authorization that will allow anyone -- regardless of their service provider -- to tap in to the benefits of wireless broadband from anywhere, at anytime. Today's announcement takes us one step closer to uniting the Indonesian market under one wireless broadband umbrella."

To date, three operators awarded WiMAX (News - Alert)-derived wireless broadband licenses in Indonesia have signed up to become roaming partners.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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