XL Axiata, the Indonesian cellco 66.5%-owned by Malaysian telco Axiata Group through its local holding company Axiata Investments (Indonesia), has announced the rollout of 4G LTE services to a further eleven regions/cities in the country. The operator has confirmed that the ongoing deployment of its new Super HotRod 4G LTE service has been extended to a number of cities and towns, namely: Pekanbaru, Batam, Palembang, Purwakarta, Cirebon, Tegal, Pekalongan, Pacitan, Madura, Banjarmasin, and Manado.
XL Axiata head of service management, Yessie Yosetya, said in a press release: ‘We do not want people waiting longer than they need to for 4G. Therefore, after the successful rearrangement of frequencies in the 1800MHz for 4G LTE, completed last week, we directly accelerated the provision of 4G LTE in a number of other regional cities.’ Yessie went on to note that XL Axiata has also made changes to its frequency allocations for LTE for the city of Bogor, in the process repurposing its 900MHz band to improve data speeds.
Earlier this month, XL Axiata launched its new fourth-generation network in Jakarta, with a focus on signing up more lucrative high-volume users. The cellco’s Super HotRod 4G LTE pre-paid service promises to deliver peak download speeds of up to 150Mbps – currently the fastest in Indonesia – for a cost of IDR100,000 (USD7.30) for 4.5GB of data (over a 30-day period). The Axiata Group unit is looking to add around three million 4G subscribers and is rolling out its new services in key population centres, including Bali’s Denpasar, Medan, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. The denser parts of the islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi are due to be added by the end of the year.