State to award new international calls licence

5 Jul 2006

The Indonesian government plans to issue a third international call services licence to one of the country’s existing operators, allowing it to compete with the two incumbent ILD players, Indosat and Telkom. Information and Communications Minister Sofyan Djalil says that the new licence will be sold via auction to an existing telecoms firm, with priority given to companies with large subscriber bases. The Minister added that the decision to license a new player is aimed at reducing internet bandwidth prices and that as such, ‘the license will only be given to a company willing to develop a fibre-optic network connecting Indonesia and other countries.’