KemKominfo: five players to vie for 2.3GHz spectrum

13 Oct 2017

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT, known locally as KemKominfo) says that five telecoms operators will contest the rights to use 30MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band being auctioned off by the government. In total, six firms registered their interest to participate in the tender by the 2 October 2017 deadline for submissions, namely: Telkomsel (Telekomunikasi Selular), Indosat Ooredoo, XL Axiata, Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri), Smart Telecom (Smartfren affiliate), and Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Net1). However, on 10 October the MCIT said that only five telcos – Net1 having failed to pre-qualify, although no reason for its omission has been given at this time – were placed on the shortlist when KemKominfo’s Selection Team verified the administration document for the selection of 2.3GHz radio frequency band licensees on 11-12 October 2017. The auction stage will commence on Monday, 16 October 2017.