Indonesian 4G wireless broadband provider Internux (Bolt!), a subsidiary of PT Mitra Mandiri which is itself majority owned by First Media, claims to have signed up two million subscribers, up from the 1.8 million reported at the start of this year. IndoTelko quotes the firm’s chief product officer Billy Abe Kala as saying that Bolt! has reached the milestone despite intense competition in the nascent 4G wireless broadband (including cellular) segment. Of the total, 5% of users are on monthly contracts he added, with Bolt! looking to increase this to 7% by the end of 2016. By that date the company is currently targeting a total of 2.6 million customers, pointing out that the country’s ‘4G ecosystem especially in terms of devices continues to grow [and as such] it’s easier for us to acquire customers’.
To drive take-up Bolt! has introduced a number of new tariff plans in H2 2016, including an Ultra Starterpack which offers a bonus of 14GB of downloads. ‘We are offering new SIM cards in anticipation of increasingly diverse 4G smartphones on the market. Now Bolt! can support all smartphones and tablets,’ he said. Further, the broadband operator has unveiled Ultra Unlimited, which delivers speeds up to 50Mbps and a promo subscription fee of IDR499,000 (USD37.7) per month, with the official claiming that, to date, 10,000 new users have signed up to unlimited plans – leading to an up to six-fold increase in data traffic. Finally, Bolt! Has launched a service to target those looking for video streaming. The Super Streaming packages comprise an initial download quota plus the option to watch services such as YouTube, Netflix, Klikfilm.net, and First Media X.