Two operators -- Indosat and Hutchison 3 Indonesia -- were awarded the 2.1 GHz radio frequency for mobile cellular network operations that is worth Rp 423.08 billion (US$31.17 million).
The Communication and Information Ministry announced the result in a press statement.
Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri) vice president director Danny Buldansyah welcomed the decision, adding that with it, his company would be able to optimize Tri’s mobile broadband service.
“With the additional spectrum, we will optimize our existing BTS. In certain areas, we can directly serve our customers with 4G, while in other areas, we can serve our customers with 3G,” said Danny as reported by kontan on Monday.
The ministry said the 2.1 GHz frequency auction was attended by three participants -- Indosat, Hutchison 3 Indonesia and XL Axiata.
Danny expressed the hope that the government would open another tender to support efficiency in the telecommunication industry because of the increasing demand.
After winning the auction, Tri currently has a total capacity of 25 MHz -- 10 MHz in 1,800 MHz frequency and 15 MHz in 2.1 GHz frequency. (bbn)