Indonesia’s top operators launch 4G on 1.8GHz band

Indonesia’s top five mobile operators have launched 4G service on 1.8GHz networks in selected cities and regions over the last week. The operators – Telkomsel, Indosat, XL Axiata, 3 Hutchison and Smartfren – together have a 99 per cent share …

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Indonesia’s smartphone market jumps 55% in Q1

Indonesia’s smartphone market expanded 55 per cent in Q1 compared to a year ago and now accounts for just over half of total handset shipments. The $50-$100 price range represents nearly half of the total smartphone sales, according to Counterpoint …

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Indosat to migrate users off CDMA network by end June

Indonesia’s second-largest mobile operator Indosat plans to shut down its CDMA network after migrating the remaining subscribers off the service by the end of June to comply with a government order. An estimated 77,000 CDMA customers in 83 cities are …

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Indonesia to engineer 4G migration with 2G tax hike

The Indonesian government has backed a mobile industry proposal to increase the tax on 2G handset sales. According to the Jakarta Post, the government wants to see a majority of the country’s users moving to 4G in the next three …

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Indosat launches i-Aplikazone app store

Indonesian mobile operator Indosat has joined the expanding operator crowd in trying to tap into the growing app economy by developing its own app store. With the launch of i-Aplikazone on Wednesday, the company said it expects to increase revenue from …

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Indosat partners with Facebook to offer free access

Indosat, Indonesia’s second largest operator, has joined the crowd partnering with Facebook to offer its prepaid and postpaid customers free internet access through Internet.org. The operator, which is 65 per cent owned by Ooredoo, has 63 million mobile connections and …

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Asia briefs: India regulator cuts domestic roaming rates, Lenovo’s dual-brand lineup faces headwinds & more

India regulator cuts domestic roaming rates The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s move to reduce domestic roaming rates will cut outgoing calling rates between regions, or circles, by 20 per cent and incoming rates by 40 per cent. SMS roaming …

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XL turns to Xiaomi’s RedMi 2 to turnaround fortunes

Indonesia’s XL Axiata is tapping the popularity of Xiaomi’s smartphones to try to boost its declining market share, which fell by 3 points to 19 per cent last year. XL, the country’s second largest operator with 60 million connections, will …

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Indosat’s margins to drop, consolidation on the horizon – Fitch

Indosat’s operating margin will decline to about 40 per cent from 42.5 per cent last year as competition intensifies in the data segment and its marketing costs rise, according to Fitch Ratings. The decline will also be driven by a …

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