The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT, or KemKominfo) says that Indonesian mobile network operators (MNOs) Hutchison Three Indonesia (Tri) and Indosat Ooredoo have emerged as the winners of its auction of 2.1GHz radio frequencies. The two MNOs submitted separate bids of IDR423.08 billion (USD31.17 million) for one of two 2×5MHz (FDD) blocks of unallocated 2100MHz spectrum on offer: 1970MHz-1975MHz paired with 2160MHz-2165MHz (Block 11), and 1975MHz-1980MHz paired with 2165MHz-2170MHz (Block 12). The reserve price had been set at IDR296.74 billion with a bid bond of IDR118.70 billion. XL Axiata was the only other operator to submit bid documents to participate in the auction. Telkomsel was excluded on the basis it was the winner of the recently held 2.3GHz band auction, while Smartfren Telecom opted not to take part.
In the wake of the MCIT announcement, Tri vice president Danny Buldansyah welcomed the decision, saying that the cellco will now be able to optimise Tri’s mobile broadband internet capability. ‘With the additional spectrum, we will optimise our existing BTS. In certain areas, we can directly serve our customers with 4G, while in other areas, we can serve our customers with 3G,’ Danny is reported as saying. The official also expressed the hope that the Indonesian government will open another tender ‘to support efficiency in the telecommunication industry’ in the face of increasing consumer demand.