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Jakarta Post

Indosat, Tri outbid rivals at 2.1 GHz radio frequency auction

   Indosat, Tri outbid rivals at 2.1 GHz radio frequency auction A technician from telecommunications operator PT Indosat carries out maintenance work at one of the company’s base transceiver stations (BTS) in Jakarta. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)
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Jakarta   ●   Tue, October 31, 2017 2017-10-31 11:10 1288 1f87594453bb792833e1ece3a26b6515 4 Business Indosat-Ooredoo,Hutchison-3-Indonesia,auction,GHz-radio-frequency Free

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)