Indonesia’s leading telecoms operator by subscribers and revenues PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) says the number of people signed up to its fixed wireless access (FWA) service ‘Flexi’ will climb to ten million users this year, up from 6.4 million at the end of 2007, leapfrogging its traditional copper-wire based service which had 8.7 million users at the same date. Telkom’s fixed line subscriber base has been climbing relatively slowly for a number of years, and is now being overtaken by wireless alternatives which are cheaper and quicker to deploy. The incumbent also owns a 65% stake in Indonesia’s biggest cellular operator by subscribers Telkomsel, which had 47.9 million clients at the end of 2007, up 35% year-on-year.
The limited mobility Flexi service has become increasingly popular on the back of a number of high-profile marketing initiatives, said Telkom vice president for public and marketing communication, Eddy Kurnia, as quoted by Thomson Financial. The operator’s latest offer, ‘5 Get 5’, targets users in Sumatra, Central Java and Yogyakarta, Kalimantan and East Indonesia, allowing them to send a minimum of five SMS and get a bonus of five for free.