KemKominfo prepares the rules for optimising frequency usage

1 Oct 2018

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) in Indonesia, which is known locally as Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika (KemKominfo), is preparing a Ministerial Regulation Draft (RPM) that seeks to optimise frequency usage in the country. KemKominfo head of public relations Ferdinandus Setu says that under the Draft, the ministry intends to pay particular attention to both high growth and dynamic development in the use of radio frequency spectrum in the local market when it considers the provisions of ‘Article 4 of Government Regulation Number 53 of 2000 concerning Use of Radio Frequency Spectrums and Satellite Orbits’, in National Regulatory Framework (Karina), 2018. As part of the plan the government is looking at optimisation limits to increase the utility and value of the radio frequency spectrum. IndoTelko notes that this process comprises three stages: pre-optimisation stage, implementation phase, and optimisation evaluation stage, and will look at various ways of achieving this, such as: radio frequency reallocation; rearrangement of radio frequency spectrum (refarming); transfer of users of radio frequency spectrum (migration); determination of radio frequency band licences (assignments); changes in the determination of radio frequency bands (re-assignment); evaluation of extensions to radio frequency band permits; review of the cost of the right to use spectrum; and a review of the use of technologies.

KemKominfo is also considering moves to simplify the regulation of tariff implementation on frequency spectrum Usage Rights Fees, with the Draft Ministerial Regulations set to contain a formula to: calculate the cost of radio frequency spectrum fees for mobile licences; the division of administrative areas using radio frequency based on zones; the types of radio frequency usage to determine the bandwidth usage cost index; and the radio frequency transmit power cost index.