PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri) says it has entered 2019 with ‘a stronger commitment to become the leading mobile internet service provider in Indonesia’, thanks to recent efforts to improve its network infrastructure in the archipelago. Tri Indonesia’s rollout is supported by its parent group, multinational conglomerate CK Hutchison Holding Limited which has interests in a dozen cellcos worldwide.
Cliff Woo, CEO and President Director, Tri Indonesia, is quoted as saying that with telecoms activity boosting the country’s wider economic growth, the cellco is supporting this by improving its mobile internet capabilities. Having survived what he terms ‘tight industrial competition’ in 2018 and the impact of a government-led pre-paid registration scheme, Cliff believes that 2019 ‘will be a year that provides positive growth for industry and 3 Indonesia’. Nevertheless, last year Tri Indonesia recorded double-digit revenue growth, a four-fold increase in EBITDA, and claimed to be ‘the digital lifestyle provider of choice for 37 million young people’. Since Q4 2018, Tri has carried out a series of aggressive expansion efforts to build more than 8,000 4G and 4.5G-enabled base transceiver stations (BTS), helping it to reach ‘more than 170 million’ citizens living in many cities in Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Java, Bali and Lombok. By the start of 2019 Tri says that its 4G and 4.5G networks connected more than 7,900 villages, in 281 cities and districts throughout Indonesia. Furthermore, responding to the evolution of telecommunications technology and the advent of 5G, Cliff added that the cellco’s BTS infrastructure is ready to adopt 5G technology.