First Media to commence work on WiMAX base stations

16 Nov 2009

Indonesian WIMAX start-up PT First Media, the broadband multimedia service arm of the Lippo Group, has deployed four out of ten planned WIMAX base transceiver stations (BTS) since winning its licence in August, The Jakarta Post reports. In an interview with the paper last Friday, First Media corporate secretary Harianda Noerlan said that towers had been built in Jakarta and [the satellite cities of] Depok, Bekasi, Bogor, while a Tangerang BTS will be in operation soon. He decline to comment on press reports that the firm had set aside USD107 million for its WiMAX project only saying: ‘We’re still calculating the budget needed … [but] plan to allocate all the WiMAX budget to building BTS and other infrastructure.’ The funding will come from internal cash flows and bank loans.

First Media won the WiMAX tender for Zone I, which encompasses North Sumatra and Aceh provinces, as well as Zone VI and Zone IV, which includes Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Banten. It is targeting one million subscribers in the next four years and currently has 145,000 subscribers. First Media booked IDR531 billion in revenues in the third quarter of 2009, up from IDR529 billion in the same period last year. Broken down by service area, its internet business generated IDR237 billion, pay television service IDR191 billion, data communication IDR49 billion, advertising IDR27 billion and other projects IDR27 billion.

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