Indonesian mobile network operator (MNO) Indosat Ooredoo says it has successfully reset its frequency holdings at 2100MHz in Jakarta, ahead of the timetable set down by the government. The MNO confirmed this week (12 February) that it has rearranged the last clusters – Jakarta-1 and Central Java-3 – at a press junket witnessed by ministry officials, beating the 1 March 2018 deadline set by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MICT). The Ooredoo subsidiary became the first Indonesian operator to initiate the process of rearranging and realigning its 3G frequency holdings on 21 November 2017.
Indosat Ooredoo Chief Technology and Information Officer Dejan Kastelic said that the country’s frequency rearrangement project will ultimately benefit the nation by providing a better experience for cellular subscribers, as well as a hoped for socio-economic impact. ‘Rearranging the frequency band will stimulate broadband penetration in Indonesia, which will impact on increasing national GDP, better community welfare as it provides them with access to information and market access through technology. This is the core of how the telecommunications sector can improve the socio-economics of a country,’ he added.