The Indonesian telecom sector has been through a lot of turmoil over the last decade. This report gives an overview of the market at a time when it seems to have successfully weathered the worst of the country’s economic and social difficulties. Growth, both in subscriber numbers and in revenues, has been occurring and, more importantly, there are signs that the changes in the regulatory regime and operator restructuring are starting to have a positive effect on the industry. The mobile market has been especially strong and there has been a good response to the launch of 3G networks by five operators. However, there were some signs that the government was hesitating in its efforts to restructure the industry. Some pertinent statistics are provided for the general telecom sector.
Indonesia’s mobile market continues to grow strongly, expanding at an annual rate of around 20%. Fixed wireless, which provides the bulk of the fixed-line subscribers in the country, suffered a setback in 2011, with a drop in numbers. Broadband services were growing at around 25% annually. Almost 70% of internet subscribers had broadband access.