Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI, known locally as KemKominfo) opened the auction phase of the 2360MHz-2390MHz (2.3GHz) tender on 19 April 2021, IndoTelko reports. The MCI confirmed via official press release No. 120 / HM / KOMINFO / 04/2021 that at the closing of selection documents on 17 March 2021 it had received applicants from five mobile network operators (MNOs), namely: Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel), Indosat Ooredoo, Smart Telecom (Smartfren), Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri) and XL Axiata. Furthermore, the ministry noted that on 14 April it shortlisted three of the above MNOs to participate in the auction phase – Telkomsel, XL Axiata, and Smartfren – which 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’.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in December 2020 the MCI announced that Telkomsel, Smartfren and Tri had completed the selection process for 2.3GHz spectrum, with XL Axiata and Indosat Ooredoo both crashing out, but the following month the ministry cancelled the outcome of its own selection process ‘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’, and relaunched it in March.