KemKominfo announces further delays to 2.1GHz, 2.3GHz spectrum sale

30 May 2017

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT, known locally as KemKominfo) has announced that the bidding rules for the sale of 2.1GHz and 2.3GHz spectrum will now not be released this month, as promised by the Minister of Communication and Information Technology (Menkominfo) Rudiantara. I Ketut Prihadi Kresna, board member of the Indonesian Telecommunication Regulatory Body (BRTI), confirmed the development while revealing that there will be a fresh meeting to discuss the tender on Friday 2 June.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in February 2017 KemKominfo revealed plans to hold a limited tender of unused spectrum in the 2100MHz and 2300MHz band by the middle of this year. At the time, Menkominfo Rudiantara went on record as saying that he expected the terms and conditions of the tender process to be made available by end-March, with the successful winners being unveiled by mid-year. The auction is being limited to existing mobile operators, he noted, with the lower band reserved for 3G services currently used by Telkomsel, Indosat Ooreedoo, XL Axiata and Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri), while the higher 2.3GHz band will be used for 4G wireless broadband services in certain parts of the country. It is understood that KemKominfo will reallocate the unused frequencies relinquished by Axis Telecom Indonesia following its takeover by XL Axiata in 2014. In addition, around half of the 30MHz ‘free’ bandwidth at 2300MHz is also expected to be sold to help operators alleviate a lack of resources – particularly in major cities.