Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) PT Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia (STI), which offers 4G services under the brand name Net1 Indonesia, has entered into a partnership agreement with local telecoms equipment maker PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia (PT INTI) to produce devices that support the MNO’s fledgling 450MHz LTE-based services. The pair will work on the development and joint marketing of the product and internet connection as an integrated telecommunications solution, focusing on enterprise customers. STI selected PT INTI under government-led regulations that require operators to source at least 20% of their components domestically, as well as at least 30% for base stations.
PT INTI was selected based on its experience and its capacity to allow STI to fulfill its obligation under Indonesia’s new regulations requiring domestically sold smartphones to source at least 20% of their components locally. This regulation also sets a local content requirement of 30% for base stations.