4G wireless broadband provider Internux (Bolt!), a subsidiary of PT Mitra Mandiri which is itself majority owned by First Media, has reported signing up 1.7 million customers since switching on its time division duplexing LTE (TD-LTE) network in Jakarta in November 2013. The firm’s CEO Dicky Moechtar says his company is now targeting 2.5 million subscribers by the end of 2015 and will roll out services in Aceh shortly. Bolt! was originally licensed only for Greater Jakarta and neighbouring province Banten (having been awarded a 2×10MHz 2.3GHz band concession in 2009, originally earmarked for WiMAX). The firm’s traditional base station network configuration is boosted by small cells (10-15 metres high), mainly aimed at improving indoor coverage, with 98% of all cell sites connected by fibre, and with the aim of reaching access speeds of up to 40Mbps with its ‘Bolt! Super 4G’ LTE services. The operator aims to have deployed up to 4,000 TD-LTE base stations by end-2015, noting previously that in terms of customer take-up ‘average user growth is running at 54% per quarter’.
In May this year, First Media said it was looking to boost the profile of its 4G wireless broadband brand via investment of between IDR500 billion and IDR700 billion (USD37 million-USD52 million) on the 4G service. First Media’s vice president Irwan Djaja said at the time that the amount formed part of a total IDR1.5 trillion CAPEX for 2015, and would be used to ‘expand the service penetration of Bolt! in Medan, North Sumatra and the northern region of Sumatra, as well as other regions’. Further, in September the operator announced plans to strengthen coverage by improving its indoor/in-building coverage in its current service areas.