Smartfren offers users ‘migration’ package to encourage 4G take-up

6 Dec 2016

In a bid to entice existing users to migrate to its new 4G LTE network, Indonesian CDMA operator-turned-LTE provider Smartfren Telecom is offering a special ‘migration’ package with heavily discounted plans ranging from IDR100,000 to IDR600,000 (USD7.40 to USD44.50) with the option of a free 4G Andromax handset, or free MiFi, when they sign up by sending an SMS to register their interest. Smartfren has a large number of CDMA subscribers currently hosted on its 1900MHz network, but under the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology’s (MCIT’s) network migration programme it will not be able to use the 1900MHz band for its service from the start of 2017 and, as such, is looking to move to the 2300MHz band where it is hopeful of securing 30MHz of spectrum.

In July this year Smartfren revealed plans to invest USD100 million on LTE network expansion over the next year, with finance director Antony Susilo saying that the company would strengthen and develop its coverage, having already covered 200 cities and towns at that date. With the clock ticking on the MCIT’s shutdown of its 1900MHz services, Smartfren is now redoubling efforts to migrate users to the new platform.

Indonesia, PT Smart Telecom (Smartfren)