XL Axiata says 4G/LTE users will reach 25% of total data users within two years

18 Mar 2015

The Indonesian mobile operator XL Axiata is predicting that 25% of all data users will be signed up to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services within the next two years, provided more affordable smartphones become available on the market. The Jakarta Post quotes XL’s Rashad Javier Sanchez as saying: ‘If we look at other developing markets like the Philippines and Malaysia, 25% of their data users are [with] 4G/LTE and it occurs two years after the 4G launching.’ The limited availability of low-cost devices is likely to peg 4G growth to ‘less than 10% of its total number of data subscribers’ this year, he said, with the Ministry for Industry noting that 4G smartphones are expected to account for just 5% of total imported smartphones this year. Of the roughly 30 million XL mobile users, some 16.1 million use smartphones, Sanchez says. The operator’s total subscriber base currently stands at 59.6 million, including those with post-paid contracts. XL Axiata reports a total of 30,000 4G subscribers, but aims to net a total of three million 4G subscribers by the end of this year, supported by a massive marketing campaign. XL’s 4G service was launched commercially in December 2014, and is currently available in Jakarta, Medan, Bogor, Yogyakarta and Surabaya. XL aims to make the service available in a total of eight to ten cities by year-end. Rival operator Telkomsel, meanwhile, has recently launched its 4G service in Bandung and previously claimed its 4G base stood at 30,000 by January this year.

Indonesia, XL Axiata