INDOSATM2 (IM2), a wholly owned subsidiary of PT Indosat in Indonesia which offers internet, multimedia and other IP-based services, has announced the launch of its IM2 ECO! Package, writes The Jakarta Post. The new service will allow subscribers to gain access to high speed wireless broadband services based on High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology in ten cities, for IDR160,000 (USD17.64) per month. The launch is part of the company’s ‘Broadband Anywhere’ initiative, launched in December last year to provide an affordable wireless broadband option across the archipelago. IMS also offers three other subscription bundles: YOU!, PRO! and MAX!, costing IDR350,000, IDR625,000 and IDR900,000 per month, respectively.
IM2 claims to have around 14,000 people signed up to its wireless broadband service. ‘We’re currently the national market leader with 20% customer growth per month on average. We sign up between 700 and 1,000 new subscribers per week, mainly from Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya,’ a spokesman said. IM2 sales and marketing director Herry Swandito said his company currently controls around 40% of the total wireless broadband market in Indonesia. He is looking to boost the company’s subscriber base to 46,000 by the end of this year, rising to more than 200,000 by end 2008. Swandito said the operator’s 3.5G network currently covers ten major cities, including the capital, Bandung, Surabaya and Balikpapan, with eight more cities coming on-stream soon. Indonesia has three other HSDPA service providers, namely Telkomsel, Excelcomindo and Indosat itself through its mobile arm Satelindo.