Indonesian CDMA operator-turned-LTE provider Smartfren Telecom deactivated its CDMA network operating at 1900MHz on 14 December 2016, in accordance with the Minister of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) Regulation No: 22 of 2014, which covers the reallocation of the use of existing personal communications services (i.e. CDMA) in the 1900MHz band to the 2300MHz band. The firm’s director Merza Fachys told IndoTelko that the 1900MHz band has been switched off in preparation for the upcoming auction of 3G spectrum in the 2100MHz band and there is now no longer an issue in terms of signal interference between the two bands.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the government of Indonesia was insistent that Smartfren comply with the planned frequency migration timetable to allow MCIT’s proposed tender of 3G frequencies at 2100MHz to run as scheduled. A number of operators are seeking to acquire the additional 2100MHz (3G) frequencies, including Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri), XL Axiata, Indosat Ooredoo and Telkomsel.