Indonesia & The Philippines

In Asia, ice group’s focus is on emerging markets. Today, ice group, through our local partners, holds licenses in the Philippines and Indonesia. The characteristics of these markets can be summarized as follows:

  • Fast-growing economies

  • Low fixed line internet penetration

  • High social media consumption: demand for data consumption driven by young and large population and their need to be “connected”

  • High internet café usage

  • Large geographical areas – expensive to provide coverage with high frequency network

  • Rapid growth in e-commerce businesses

As in Scandinavia, the cornerstone of our international expansion plans is the utilization low frequency bands that provide superior geographical and indoor coverage plus significant cost advantages (both capex and opex). This enables us to produce high quality data access cost efficiently.

ice group aims to build complementary networks to major telecom operators, with focus on 4G technology. We aim to capitalize on the cost advantages that low frequencies offer as lower frequencies have longer reach and require fewer base stations, resulting in lower break-even costs and thereby justifying investments in low ARPU markets. Such networks are ideally suited for rural areas and markets with underdeveloped telecom services, thereby enabling ice group to satisfy the pent-up demand for data consumption in developing countries. 

Indonesia

INDONESIA

In Indonesia, ice group’s local partner, PT Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia (STI), holds 2 x 7.5 MHz in the 450 MHz frequency band.

In 2016, Indonesian authorities formally approved the adoption of tech neutrality in the country’s 450 MHz frequency band. Up until now, only 2G and 3G equipment and devices could be deployed on the band. The decision to remove this restriction will enable STI to provide a highly improved 4G-only LTE offering to Indonesia’s inhabitants and businesses, which in turn will significantly strengthen the commercial potential of the wireless data network.

STI has already made significant progress related to the preparation of a 4G broadband launch during the second half of 2017.

The 450 MHz frequency is particularly well suited for nations such as Indonesia where the population is spread across large geographical distances. Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous country with a population of almost 260 million spread across more than fourteen thousand islands. There is a pent up demand for internet access and Ice Group aims to address this.

The Philippines

THE PHILIPPINES

ice group’s subsidiary, Broadband Everywhere launched 4G broadband services on the 450 MHz band during the first quarter of 2017, and the feedback has been very positive.

We are building a 4G network that provides wireless internet access for business and residential customers as well as the M2M/IoT market. Broadband Everywhere’s aim is to become the leading 4G coverage network in the Philippines.

Broadband Everywhere has the exclusive right to use 10MHz in the 450MHz frequency band in the Philippines. We secured the full 2x5MHz (compliant with 3GPP standard) in 2016. This will result in improved utilisation of the network as well as better economics.

The Philippines has a population of approximately 100 million people and consists of 7,107 islands with a total land area of 300,000 square kilometres, making the 450 MHz band very well suited providing cost efficient network coverage to consumers and businesses.