Three telcos pre-selected for 2300MHz spectrum, but XL and Indosat crash out

14 Dec 2020

The government of Indonesia has launched its selection process for companies wishing to secure 30MHz of 2300MHz (2360MHz-2390MHz) spectrum for mobile services, with three companies – Telkomsel, Smart Telecom (Smartfren) and Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri) – emerging successful, as rivals XL Axiata and Indosat Ooredoo both crashed out in the evaluation stages. In a press release dated 14 December, the Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI), known locally as KemKominfo, announced the full results of the tender, disclosing that while all five operators applied for documents to participate, at the deadline only four had formally submitted applications with Indosat Ooredoo being the one that declined. Of the remaining participants, the KemKominfo selection team tasked with auditing the applications subsequently announced that Telkomsel, Smartfren and Tri had all passed the ‘Administrative Evaluation of 2.3GHz Radio Frequency Band User Selection in the Range of 2360-2390MHz for the Need for Organising Cellular Mobile Networks’, while XL Axiata had not.