Indonesian cellular operator XL Axiata has officially launched its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in three cities on Java and Sumatra, namely Jakarta, Medan, and Yogyakarta. The announcement comes hard on the heels of 4G launches by rivals Telkomsel and Bolt!.
At the start of this month, Telkomsel revealed it had launched LTE commercially in the 900MHz spectrum, making it the first cellular operator in Indonesia to dip its toe into the 4G market there. At launch, the cellco’s LTE network is available to subscribers in Jakarta and Bali, but plans are already in train to roll out 4G to other major cities in future. Meanwhile, Indonesian TD-LTE wireless broadband start-up Internux, trading under the ‘Bolt! Super 4G’ brand, has 750,000 customers having kicked off services in 4Q13 launch. Bolt! covers much of Greater Jakarta and Bogor with its TD-LTE network, having been awarded a 2×10MHz 2.3GHz band concession in 2009, originally earmarked for WiMAX.
XL’s 4G network hits the ground running with a wider coverage area than those of Bolt! and Telkomsel, although local press reports suggest that for the regions just outside the nation’s capital, XL’s 4G network is ‘still in the testing phase’ in select places like the Kelapa Gading neighborhood and some local shopping centres. People signing up to the new 4G service must purchase a new uSIM card to enjoy speeds of up to 100Mbps it said – which also higher than Bolt!’s 4G service, which has a maximum speed of 72Mbps, and Telkomsel’s, which has a maximum speed of 36Mbps.