Government issues CDMA licences to Mobile-8, Bakrie Telecom

14 Dec 2006

The government of Indonesia has awarded new licences to Bakris Telecom and Mobile-8 Telecom allowing them to provide nationwide fixed wireless access (FWA) services based on code division multiple access (CDMA) technology, as part of a shake up in the allocation of mobile frequencies, writes The Jakarta Post. The new concessions are by way of compensation for the operators having their frequency bandwidths reduced to make room for new 3G mobile operators, said Information and Communications Minister Sofyan A. Djalil. Publicly listed operators Bakrie Telecom and Mobile-8 Telecom will now be able to go head-to-head across the country with former monopoly PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), which offers FWA services using CDMA under the banner TelkomFlexi. Until now, Bakrie Telekom has been limited to offering services on Java where it has 1.3 million customers. Mobile-8 Telecom welcomed the decision which it says will enable it to up its capacity to 30 million customers.