KemKominfo rekindles desire to auction 2.1GHz, 2.3GHz frequencies

18 Sep 2017

IndoTelko writes that Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT, known locally as KemKominfo) has once again returned to its quest to license additional frequencies in the 2100MHz and 2300MHz bands, with auction plans expected to be given to the minister with portfolio this week. As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in May 2017 KemKominfo announced that the bidding rules for the sale of 2.1GHz and 2.3GHz spectrum would not be released that month, as previously 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 at the time, while revealing that there would be a fresh meeting to discuss the tender in due course. Now, the ministry is suggesting a date of January 2018 to alleviate spectrum shortfalls – which affect capacity in many cities such as Medan, DKI Jakarta, Bodetabek, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Pontianak and Makassar.