Indonesia sets date for 3G tender

11 Jan 2006

The government of Indonesia has confirmed 16 January as the date on which it will open its long-awaited tender for third-generation (3G) mobile licences. The results are expected to be published by the Communications and Information Ministry on 8 February. In a statement on its website, the Communications and Information minister Sofyan Djalil said, ‘The selection process will be finalised by considering the highest bids for using the frequency rights’. Djalil signed a decree covering the award of 3G mobile services on 9 January. The country’s top three cellcos, Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel), PT Indosat and Telekom Malaysia-backed Excelcomindo Pratama, are all expected to participate. Telkomsel and Indosat both began trials of UMTS last year.