The Ministry of Communication and Informatics (MCI, or KemKominfo) has relaunched the selection process for companies seeking to secure 2.3GHz (2360MHz-2390MHz) mobile spectrum, having cancelled the outcome of the previous tender in January this year. KemKominfo issued a press release, No. 79 / HM / KOMINFO / 03/2021, stating that under provisions in Article 11 of the ‘Regulation of the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Number 9 of 2018 concerning Operational Provisions and Licensing Procedures for Radio Frequency Spectrum Use’, it was reopening the selection mechanism to achieve a number of key objectives, namely: to increase radio frequency bands for operators in order to increase mobile network capacity; to improve the quality of mobile network services; to accelerate the deployment of network infrastructure, with a focus on 4G LTE and, if possible, the implementation of fifth-generation technology; and also to optimise the potential for Non-Tax State Revenue (PNBP), especially from the Right to Use Fee (BHP) for radio frequency spectrum.
The ministry’s 2.3GHz tender will reportedly comprise three blocks of spectrum, each with bandwidth of 10MHz. Participants will be given the opportunity to bid on at least one block (1×10MHz), but are allowed to bid on 2×10MHz or even 3×10MHz as well – i.e. there is no restriction on the upper limit.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in a written statement dated 23 January, KemKominfo head of public relations, Ferdinandus Setu, explained that the decision to cancel the first 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. PNBP within the MCI, especially Government Regulation Number 80 of 2015.’ As a result, the outcome of the 2.3GHz band selection process announced to the public in December 2020 was cancelled and participants’ bid bonds returned on 22 January 2021.
In a prepared statement, the MCI 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.’