Indonesia’s largest telecoms firm by subscribers and revenues PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) says it is looking to deploy the country’s first mobile WiMAX network in the first quarter of 2010, heralding a new phase of telecoms development in the country. The Jakarta Post quotes Telkom director Ermady Dahlan as saying that the company is in the middle of completing the administrative requirements needed in order to obtain the operational licences. The regulator, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCI), plans to issue these by the end of October after a series of feasibility tests.
According to TeleGeography’s WiMAX Research Service, in October 2008 Telkom launched a three-month WiMAX trial on 2.3GHz with partner firm Indonesia Tower, providing broadband services in parts of the Bandung area. In August this year Telkom was one of eight companies to receive WiMAX broadband licences from the government. Minister of Information and Communication, Mohammad Nuh, said the eight successful winners had 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.