Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), known locally as Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika (KemKominfo), has confirmed the successful completion of spectrum refarming of the 800MHz and 900MHz bands. With both of these radio frequency bands designated to be used for cellular telecommunications services, including 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, KemKominfo head of public relations, Ferdinandus Setu, stated that the refarming process which began on 23 January 2019 was now over – two weeks behind its original deadline of 21 March 2019. ‘The target date was pushed back two weeks from the original schedule because the number of base stations involved turned out to be double the original estimate. At the beginning of the refarming process it was estimated that there were 42,000 base stations that were affected, but in fact a total of 71,786 base stations were involved,’ he said.
Last year, KemKominfo oversaw the successful rearrangement of frequencies in the 2100MHz band, eventually taking 143 calendar days to reassign 67,464 base stations for the nation’s cellcos to ensure a more efficient use of spectrum.