Indonesia’s dominant telecoms operator PT Telkom was one of eight companies to receive WiMAX broadband licences from the government last Friday. The Jakarta Post reports the Minister of Information and Communication, Mohammad Nuh, as saying the eight successful winners met the minimum criteria for the awards, including the stipulation that each rolls out ‘sufficient infrastructure’ and ensures a minimum 30%-40% of local products are used in the deployment. The full list of winners is PT Telkom, PT Indosat Mega Media, PT Internux, PT First Media, PT Jasnita Telekomindo, PT Berca Hardayaperkasa, PT Rahajasa Media Internet (also known as the Indonesian WiMAX Consortium), and a consortium comprising PT Comtronics Systems and PT Adiwarta Perdania.
In May this year the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCI) confirmed it was in the process of establishing its fee policy for each of the 15 franchise zones initially made available for WiMAX licences, with a maximum two concessions allocated per region. At the time the MoCI said it would levy its fees dependent on the purchasing power of people living within the zones. No fewer than 73 telecoms companies indicated their desire to participate in the WiMAX auction, the initial franchise zones for which include three zones in Sumatra, four zones in Java, two zones in Kalimantan, and one zone each for Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Papua, Maluku, Sulawesi and Riau Island. Of the 15 WiMAX zones on offer, the highest reserve prices were given to licensees operating the technology in Greater Jakarta and Banten, while the lowest fees were for Papua and Maluku. It is understood the highest bidding prices were offered by First Media (IDR121.2 billion [USD12.3 million]) and Internux (IDR110.03 billion), while Telkom offered the lowest prices, IDR755 million for Papua and IDR533 million for Maluku. Meanwhile, Rahajasa Media Internet reportedly offered IDR567 million for Papua and IDR238 million for Maluku.