Indonesian authorities grant tech neutrality for the 450 MHz band

18 November 2016 – Indonesian authorities have formally approved the adoption of tech neutrality in the country’s 450 MHz frequency band, where PT Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia (STI) holds 2x7.5 MHz.

The decision follows the advice of the Indonesian telecommunication regulatory body, BRTI (Badan Regulasi Telekomunikasi Indonesia), which earlier this year recommended tech neutrality for the 450 MHz frequency to improve internet penetration in Indonesia.

Up until now, only 2G and 3G equipment and devices could be deployed on the 450 MHz frequency 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 will now aim to build the #1 4G network coverage in Indonesia, which is the world's fourth most populous country with a population of almost 260 million spread across more than fourteen thousand islands.

“The 450 MHz frequency is particularly well suited for nations such as Indonesia where the population is spread across large geographical distances. There is a pent up demand for internet access and we aim to address this demand and capitalize on the significant business opportunities it represents,” says JD Fouchard, CEO of AINMT.

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