Indonesian mobile operator XL Axiata is targeting the island of Belitung for the rollout of its LTE service, confirming that it intends to commercialise 4G there in time for the high season in the popular tourist location. IndoTelko quotes the firm’s Chief Service Management Officer, Yessie D Yosetya, as saying that the cellco has already set up about ten 4G LTE base stations, which will cover the cities of Tanjung Pandan and Manggar, plus the coastal area from Tanjung Binga to Tanjung Tinggi.
TeleGeography notes that XL Axiata, 66.5%-owned by Malaysian telco Axiata Group through its local holding company Axiata Investments (Indonesia), announced the rollout of 4G LTE services to a further eleven regions/cities in the country in November 2015, deploying its Super HotRod 4G LTE service to Pekanbaru, Batam, Palembang, Purwakarta, Cirebon, Tegal, Pekalongan, Pacitan, Madura, Banjarmasin, and Manado. Earlier that month, XL Axiata had launched its 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 Denpasar, Medan, Surabaya and Yogyakarta.