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Jakarta Post

PLN’s pre-paid electricity customers hit 5 million

  • Rangga D. Fadillah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 11 2012   /  10:58 am

State power utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) says it booked 5 million pre-paid customers in May, the largest number of any power company in the world.

PLN president director Nur Pamudji said that South Africa, which introduced pre-paid electricity service in 1993, was previously the nation with the largest pre-paid base, with around 4 million customers.

 “Indonesia just launched pre-paid service for customers in 2005. Now, we already have 5 million pre-paid customers scattered in 27 provinces across the country,” he told reporters after the installation of electricity for PLN’s five-millionth pre-paid customer, Elah, a resident of Klebet in Tangerang, Banten.

Nur said that PLN would advise new household customers to use pre-paid service, since users would more easily be able to control their power use and since installation costs were the same as...