Indonesian mobile operator Telekom PT Smartfren, which is currently in the throes of migrating from CDMA to Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based services, has launched a new affordable smartphone as it looks to reinvigorate its position as a mobile internet services provider. The telco has teamed up with ROM maker Cyanogen to offer its mobile customers the Cyanogen OS 12-powered Adromax Q handset, a phone that is actually being manufactured by China’s Qingdao Haier Telecom. The pair note that Andromax Q – part of a new stable of 4G LTE smartphones – is being sold for an affordable USD97 and comes with a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 × 480 pixel resolution) display and a Snapdragon 410 SoC processor, clocked at 1.2GHz. It is also equipped with a five megapixel camera with LED flash and Smartfren is including 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card slot), dual-SIM support and 4G LTE capability.
Smartfren’s decision comes in the wake of the news that it has secured an Operations Feasibility Test (ULO) authorisation to offer services in the ‘CDMA-850’ band (824MHz-893MHz spectrum) – a prerequisite if it is to proceed with a full commercial 4G launch. While it is still unclear when Smartfren will be ready to put the plan into action, it has revealed plans to invest up to IDR10 trillion (USD751 million) to prepare the ground for a planned 4G network launch and to migrate its 1900MHz band network to 2300MHz, as requested by the country’s government. Further, in February 2015 Smartfren confirmed the selection of Nokia Networks and ZTE to build the new 4G network, based on Time Division Duplexing LTE (TD-LTE) at 2300MHz and LTE-FDD at 800MHz, with responsibilities split between the two on a geographical basis – i.e. Western and Eastern Indonesia. TeleGeography notes that Smartfren holds 30MHz of 2300MHz spectrum and 10MHz in the 800MHz band, making it the sole Indonesian player with 4G LTE-FDD and TD-LTE spectrum.