Indonesian operator XL Axiata has confirmed it soft-launched a triple-play service in Jakarta and its environs, using fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology in May 2018, with its president Dian Siswarini saying: ‘We have a soft launch with thousands of homes now passed by our ‘XL Home POW!’ brand service in Jakarta and its surroundings, especially the suburbs.’ The operator’s triple-play – broadband, IPTV and voice telephony – offer is supported by a USD500 million investment in the rollout of fibre-optic infrastructure over the next few years. The telco is currently only dipping its toe in the water, though, with Dian noting: ‘In the first year of triple-play services, we do not expect much contribution to revenue’.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in May this year XL Axiata confirmed it was looking to launch a ‘flagship home internet broadband service’ capable of providing access speeds up to 300Mbps, with prices starting from IDR300,000 (USD21.6) per month. Available from 2 May, the service is designed to plug holes in areas where Indonesians find it difficult to secure access to the internet from other operators, said Director of Corporate Strategy and Business Development of XL Axiata, Abhijit Navalekar, in a statement at the time. The new fibre broadband service – which is being broadly targeted at the 25-35 years old demographic, including young couples – includes free installation, ‘unlimited’ downloads and entertainment services that include video, games, news and educational apps. Customers will also be able to get free unlimited access to iFlix TV and movies, with the latest Hollywood shows and Indonesian movies.