XL Axiata, majority owned by Axiata Group Berhad through Axiata Investments (Indonesia), has successfully deployed Amdocs’ Mobile Payments solution to allow for direct carrier billing for app stores, including Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store, to its subscribers. ‘More than 80% of the Indonesian population does not have a bank account or credit card, but almost all have a mobile phone,’ said Dian Siswarini, chief of digital services at XL Axiata. ‘With Amdocs, we enable our 49.1 million mobile subscribers to participate in the booming digital economy by buying digital goods like apps, games, music and e-books using their XL mobile account.’
As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, last month XL Axiata announced it was upgrading its networks in the area of East Java in order address a continuous increase in traffic volumes there and to improve network quality. The cellco confirmed that the modernisation plan will target all types of services – including voice and SMS, and especially to ‘sustain the quality of data services’. Commenting on the upgrade plan, the firm’s vice president East Region, Titus Dondi, said: ‘This network modernisation is similar to other processes XL is undertaking in most other areas, both in Java and other islands, such as Sumatra. Modernisation … will continue to improve customer access to data services where customers need both speed and a stable signal.’
XL Axiata is 66.6% owned by Axiata Group Berhad through Axiata Investments (Indonesia), and 13.3% is held by Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) through Etisalat International Indonesia. The remaining 20.1% is publicly distributed.