Telkomsel and Smartfren secure spectrum at 2.3GHz auction, report says

27 Apr 2021

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Informatics (MCI, or KemKominfo) has issued Press Release No. 133 / HM / KOMINFO / 04/2021 to announce the results of the 2.3GHz radiofrequency auction, completed between 19 and 21 April 2021. The ministry’s tender was to allocate frequencies in the range 2360MHz-2390MHz with a block size of 10MHz each. At the close of the process, MCI confirmed that Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel), bid IDR176.9 billion (USD12.2 million) per block on the three lots of bandwidth offered – securing two – while Smart Telecom (Smartfren) bid IDR176.5 billion to win the other slot. As such, Telkomsel gets block A and C, while Smart Telecom gets block B.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, 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: Telkomsel, Indosat Ooredoo, 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’.