Indonesian mobile operator XL Axiata yesterday launched its new fourth-generation LTE network in Jakarta, with a focus on signing up more lucrative high-volume users. The cellco’s Super HotRod 4G LTE pre-paid service promises to deliver peak download speeds of up to 150Mbps – currently the fastest in Indonesia – for a cost of IDR100,000 (USD7.30) for 4.5GB of data (over a 30-day period). To entice new users, the operator is offering an additional 10GB of data for free during November, but some critics have noted that the cellco’s faster service comes at a price. Rival Indosat, for example, has an IDR60,000 tariff including 5GB of downloads – significantly lower than XL’s premium rate plan. Nonetheless, XL Axiata chief service management officer, Yessie Yosetya, says that the ‘value proposition’ of its new 1800MHz LTE network is to offer end users ‘the best quality’, noting that in order to offer faster data rates it has moved its 2G and 3G services over to 900MHz and ‘reduced clutter’. The Axiata Group-owned unit is looking to add around three million 4G subscribers and is rolling out its new services in key population centres, including Bali’s Denpasar, Medan, Surabaya and Yogyakarta. The denser parts of the islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi are due to be added by the end of the year.
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