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Jakarta Post

Indonesia completes refarming of 800, 900 MHz frequencies

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 4, 2019   /   04:46 pm
Indonesia completes refarming of 800, 900 MHz frequencies Tourists stand close to a base transceiver station owned by Telkomsel on Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java. (Antara/Zabur Karuru)

The Communications and Information Ministry has announced that it has completed the refarming of 800 and 900 hertz frequencies, giving customers faster speed for internet services on cellular devices.

The refarming process, which started on Feb. 25, will affect Telkomsel and Indosat Ooredoo customers.

“Customers can enjoy the best internet speed. The refarming can also enhance spectrum efficiency to make LTE (long-term evolution) expansion possible for up to 95 percent of the population,” Telkomsel network director Bob Apriawan said on Wednesday as quoted by

The ministry's resources, information and equipment director general, Ismail, said the frequency refarming encouraged efficiency and optimization of the radio frequency spectrum.

“After the completion of the refarming, the 800 MHz and 900 MHz radio frequencies are in a contiguous position, allowing customers of cellular phones to receive better quality services,” Ismail said.

The refarming was carried out based on Communications and Information Ministerial Regulation No. 29/2019, which requires that all cellular operators refarm 800 and 900 MHz frequencies, particularly those that are non-contiguous.

With the refarming process finished, cellular users in urban areas can obtain traffic data, while those previously without 4G technology will have access to the technology, Ismail added. (bbn)