Indonesian fixed wireless operator Bakrie Telecom has upped its 2006 subscriber acquisition target by 200,000 to 1.5 million. The revision comes in the wake of an announcement that the firm hit the 1.3 million mark at the end of September this year, up 167% from 487,000 customers in Q3 2005. According to the Jakarta Post, the firm is confident it will hit the new target and says its Esia product is now available in Greater Jakarta and Bandung, and all cities in West Java and Banten, using Telkom’s network for interconnection facilities. Bakrie says it has met the terms of its licence conditions but still hopes to add the remaining eight cities in West Java before the end of the year.
In addition to its fixed wireless services, Bakrie Telecom has launched a bundled Esia package in 2006 in cooperation with cellular phone makers Nokia, Nexian, Motorola, LG and ZTE. It has also recently launched a new product called Wifone, or Wireless Intelligent Fone Service, which is a fixed wireless phone that operates within in a restricted area but has SMS capability and other features.