Mobile network operator (MNO) XL Axiata is looking to diversify into the home internet market via the launch of a new ‘XL Home’ device that will support up to 32 devices simultaneously in a home Wi-Fi environment. The MNO’s new product comprises a 240GB data quota and a free plug and play router, it says, and is designed to take advantage of its in-deployment 4G LTE network – currently available in 100 cities across the country – at a cost of IDR999,000 (USD74.9) per month.
XL Axiata recorded a profit of IDR376 billion in FY 2016, reversing a net loss of IDR25 billion the previous year, while revenue of IDR21.4 trillion in 2016 was down 7% on an annualised basis. As at 31 December 2016 the MNO said its 4G networks comprised more than 8,200 base stations, while the increase in smartphone penetration from 21% to 63% (of the user base) boosted the total of people using smartphones on the XL network to 29 million – up 64% year-on-year. The operator had a total mobile customer base of 46.5 million at the year end, up 11% compared to the year earlier period, and monthly blended ARPU in 2016 reached IDR35,000, up slightly from IDR34,000 in 2015.