Digital News Asia — IN a widely anticipated move to further pare its debts, Indonesian telco PT XL Axiata has signed an agreement with PT Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Protelindo) to sell 2,500 of its 6,500 towers. The purchase price of Rp3.5 trillion (US$266.5 million) works out to Rp1.4 billion (US$106,000) per tower. The all-cash transaction will be completed by June 30.
Telecom Asia — Indonesian telecoms operator XL Axiata has picked Ericsson to transform its network through the deployment of disaggregated architecture. Ericsson will deploy its full stack cloud solution, including the Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 based on Intel Rack Scale Architecture, and virtual network functions (VNFs) as part of XL Axiata’s cloud evolution and realization of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).
Digital News Asia — CELLULAR provider PT XL Axiata Tbk has signed a three-year contract with Ericsson for the design and implementation of a 4G/LTE (Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution) network and the upgrading of its existing 2G and 3G (Second and Third Generation) networks in Jakarta and Central Java.
Telecom Asia — Major telecom and ICT companies including PT Telkom Indonesia, PT Indosat and XL Axiata have all registered to take part in a bid for a $246.7 million fiber project in Indonesia. All told 27 companies have signed up to take part in the bid for the Palapa Ring II cable project, which will involve rolling out 8,395km of subsea cable in the nation, Deal Street Asia reported.
Eco Business — Southeast Asia’s leading IoT and M2M thought leaders will be gathering in Jakarta, in August, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of IoT/M2M in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Among the leading thinkers are Telkomsel President Director, Ririek Adriansyah, and Mr. Bambang Heru Tjahjono, Director General for ICT Applications at Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. They will be speaking at the Asia IoT Business Platform.
Internet.org, the app initiated by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg that allows people to access certain online content for free, launched in Indonesia just a few days ago in partnership with Indosat. So far it seems as if Internet.org has had a smooth start in Indonesia, and is not struggling with the huge backlash it’s getting in India. In India, some media outlets and internet firms that had initially been part of the Internet.org initiative decided to step out due to concerns about violating net neutrality with the app’s limited, curated selection of accessible sites.
Over the next five years, the Indonesian government plans to spend more than US$420 billion on infrastructure projects in the archipelago. A large portion is to come from the private sector; for telecoms projects in particular, nearly all of it will. Indonesia’s tech minister, Rudiantara, is looking to streamline the new network build-outs and has asked the nation’s three major telcos – Telkomsel, Indosat, and XL Axiata – to submit their plans. The minister wants to ensure that the telecoms infrastructure push is efficient nationwide, and not just limited to the greater Jakarta area.
MOBILE marketing platform company Vserv has announced a partnership with PT XL Axiata Tbk (XL), which it said is the second largest telecom service operator in Indonesia. The partnership will integrate Vserv Smart Data platform with XL Axiata to help drive higher ROI (return on investment) for mobile entertainment companies, Vserv said in a statement.
What a month so far in Indonesia so far! In December, all three of the biggest telcos launched their 4G LTE networks commercially in the country. However, these services are not rolled out nationwide and offer different speeds. This time, Tech in Asia will provide side-by-side comparisons of the 4G LTE connections offered by three telcos: Telkomsel, XL Axiata, and Indosat, as well as from internet service provider Bolt.
Indonesian telco XL Axiata announced today the official launch of its 4G LTE service nationwide. The news comes just days after its local competitor Telkomsel launched its own 4G network in Indonesia, and more than a month after Bolt and Telkomsel introduced the first taste of 4G service to the Indonesian public at large back in November.
Following local mobile provider Telkomsel’s launch of its 4G long-term-evolution mobile internet service in Jakarta and Bali, the archipelago’s two other major telco players, XL Axiata and Indosat, followed suit with their own announcements, CNN Indonesia reports. Indosat says it will soon commercialize its own 4G service, which is still currently in the preparation stage. All customers who want to enjoy 4G coverage will need to change their SIM cards.