Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI, known locally as KemKominfo) has announced that the selection process for companies seeking to secure 2.3GHz (2360MHz-2390MHz) mobile spectrum, which opened on 20 November 2020, is declared to have been ‘terminated’. In a written statement dated 23 January, KemKominfo head of public relations, Ferdinandus Setu, explained that the decision to cancel the selection process had been ‘taken as a precautionary and careful step from the MCI to align every part of this selection process with the provisions of laws and regulations relating to acceptance. Non-Tax State (PNBP) within the MCI, especially Government Regulation Number 80 of 2015.’ IndoTelko notes that as a result, the outcome of the 2.3GHz band selection process announced to the public in December 2020 has been cancelled and participants’ bid bonds returned on 22 January 2021.
In a prepared statement, the ministry confirmed: ‘KemKominfo will immediately take more careful and careful follow-up steps to ensure that the radio frequency spectrum is a limited natural resource, especially the 2.3GHz radio frequency band in the 2360MHz-2390MHz range can provide maximum benefit for the people and nation of Indonesia. KemKominfo is working hard to prepare a more careful and more careful re-selection in the 2.3GHz frequency band. The hope is that cellular operators will soon have the opportunity to compete again in a selection process to increase their frequency spectrum.’ No deadline has been given.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, on 14 December 2020 KemKominfo announced that three companies – Telkomsel, Smart Telecom (Smartfren) and Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri) – had emerged successfully from the selection process, as rivals XL Axiata and Indosat Ooredoo both crashed out in the evaluation stages. In the press release, MCI disclosed 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.