The Jakarta Post
The study discovered that 3's 4G availability had jumped more than 4 percentage points to 83.66%, making it the operator with the biggest growth in the category. (Shutterstock/File)
Access to 4G services continues to spread across Indonesia, according to a study conducted by OpenSignal, a company that specializes in wireless coverage mapping.
The study, conducted from Feb 1 to May 1, showed that four of five operators in Indonesia had improved their 4G availability, resulting in mobile phone users having better access to 4G connections.
The company said in a report that the availability of 4G had improved compared with the previous report, which was compiled six months ago.
During the study, OpenSignal examined a total of 11.7 billion measurements from 1,235,257 mobile devices.
The study examined the 3G and 4G services offered by Indonesia’s five major operators, namely Hutchison's 3 (Tri Indonesia), Indosat Ooredoo, Smartfren, Telkomsel and XL Axiata.
The study discovered that 3's 4G availability had jumped more than 4 percentage points to 83.66%, making it the operator with the biggest growth in the category.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s biggest operator Telkomsel did not show any improvement in LTE reach, as 4G availability was steady at just under 70 percent.
Although Telkomsel did not improve its 4G availability, the operator managed to dominate other categories in the study, particularly download and upload speeds.
“Its average tested download speed of 12.9 Mbps was more than 20% faster than its nearest rival,” said the company in the report.
At the same time, Smartfren showed an improvement in 4G speed, with an average LTE download of 9.8 Mbps, allowing the operator to surpass XL and secure second place.
“In 4G download speed, Smartfren beat Telkomsel in our Surabaya tests, and the two operators drew for the 4G speed award in Sulawesi's largest city Makassar. Meanwhile in our 4G upload speed metric, XL and Telkomsel tied in first place in Makassar,” the report stated. (jes/wng)