News Release

XL Expands Mobile Network Capacity in Indonesia with Cisco IP Transfer Point Solution

Mobile Wireless Service Provider Deploys Cisco Service and Application Module for Internet Protocol
Jan 20, 2009

JAKARTA, Indonesia, January 20, 2009 - PT Excelcomindo Pratama, Tbk (XL), a mobile wireless service provider in Indonesia, has deployed a new technology from Cisco that allows it to increase the capacity of its network up to seven times at less than half the cost. The technology, the Cisco® Service and Application Module for Internet Protocol (SAMI) for the Cisco 7600 Series Router, supports industry-leading SS7-over-IP (SS7oIP) traffic-processing density.

Cisco designed the SAMI technology to be used not only for the ITP solution, but also for other Cisco mobile wireless solutions, such as the Cisco Gateway GPRS Support Node, Cisco Mobile IP Home Agent, Cisco Content Services Gateway 2nd Generation (CSG2), and Cisco Broadband Wireless Gateway. XL has also started using SAMI technology for the CSG2, which provides XL with improved performance and output. XL, which installed Cisco's IP Transfer Point (ITP) solution in 2003, was able to expand the capacity of its mobile wireless network without increasing complexity or cost.

"Cisco came to us with a surprisingly simple solution in the form of the SAMI. We've had the solution running for over two months, and it is working very well. It also gives us the additional upside of being able to deploy new services, which enhances our value to our customers," said Dian Siswarini, director of network, XL. "Our subscriber base has grown faster than we forecasted. When we first implemented Cisco's ITP solution in 2003, we only had 2.9 million users. Today, we have more than 25 million subscribers, and this continues to grow rapidly. If we were to meet this growth the traditional way, which is to continue to just add hardware, it would have been very costly and would have added management complexity."

The Cisco SAMI innovation builds on Cisco's commitment to helping its mobile wireless service provider customers around the world transition to next-generation SS7oIP systems, a key stepping-stone in the evolution toward third-generation (3G) wireless network services and beyond.

"We will continue to enhance the Cisco 7600 ITP solution in anticipation of our customers networks' growing needs," said Tony Jeffs, director of marketing, Call Control and Signaling, Service and Mobility business unit, Cisco. "The SAMI card represents unprecedented SS7oIP performance density and cost effectiveness for service providers like XL. Once again, Cisco has demonstrated its leadership in the industry by providing innovative carrier-grade applications while maintaining the scalability and reliability required in this market."

"Cisco has been able to demonstrate its value as a technology partner for XL in offering it a solution that not only solves a business issue but also increases the top-line revenue while minimizing bottom-line costs. These are challenging times for everyone, but XL has shown great courage and vision in deploying technology that will create a tremendous competitive advantage for itself, building a foundation to become a true experience provider to customers in a Web 2.0 world," said Irfan Setiaputra, managing director, Indonesia, Cisco.

About XL

XL is a major cellular provider in Indonesia and majority owned by TM International Bhd through Indocel Holding Sdn Bhd (83.8%), the remaining stakes are held by Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) International Indonesia Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Etisalat (16%), and the public (0.2%). XL owns an extensive fiber optic backbone network. Started its commercial operations in October 1996, XL's business consists of Consumer Solutions as triple band (900/1800/1900) cellular network and service provider and Business Solutions as corporate service provider. On 21 September 2006, XL launched XL 3G, the first fastest and widest cellular telecommunication services based on 3G technology. More information is available at