Indonesian publicly listed mobile operator Indosat is predicting a sharp rise in data traffic following the completion of works to modernise its networks across the country. The Jakarta Post quotes Indosat’s head of data services product marketing Fidesia Noor as saying: ‘We estimate that our data traffic will surge by more than 50% upon the completion of the modernisation.’ In an interview, she told reporters that Indosat has witnessed a doubling in data traffic as a result of its last network upgrade programme, started in 2012. The carrier has invested around IDR8 trillion (USD630.4 million) per annum on the programme, which was concluded in November last year, boosting data capabilities and rolling out new services primarily in 23 major cities, including Greater Jakarta, Bandung and Sukabumi (West Java), Semarang (Central Java), Yogyakarta, Surabaya (East Java) and Makassar (South Sulawesi).
Indosat recorded a three-fold rise in data traffic to 55,467 terabytes (or 55.467PB) in 9M14, up from 17,646 terabytes in the same period of 2013. Nine-month revenue from the firm’s multimedia, data communication and internet services climbed 8.3% to IDR2.6 trillion, up from IDR2.4 trillion in January-September 2013.