Indonesia - Mobile Communications and Digital Media
This report describes the booming Indonesian mobile telephone market and also provides some insight into the country's TV broadcasting industry. Indonesia's mobile market has grown rapidly in recent years, with the number of subscribers passing 330 million coming into 2015, up by 1700 million from just five years earlier. Despite penetration being around 135%, there is still considerable opportunity for expansion in Indonesia's mobile market when compared with some of its Asian neighbours. With much happening that is positive, a range of structural and economic issues must also be confronted if the local telecom industry is to flourish and cope with the expanding market. For strong growth to continue, the sector must take advantage of the government's regulatory changes and continue to find ways of attracting foreign capital into the market place. The crowded mobile operator market has at least started on the inevitable rationalisation process. As for the consumers, value-added services have become important and the arrival of 3G saw this technology establish a particularly strong customer base. Now 4G/LTE services are being rolled out, underpinning the major shift to data in the marketplace.
As already noted, this report covers Indonesia's TV broadcasting sector and notes the move to digital; there is also some information on the development of IPTV in the country.
PT Telkomsel and PT XL Axiata each won additional 3G frequency spectrum in 2013;
Market research indicated that 70% of Indonesia's teenagers had a mobile phone and that penetration in the 10-14 years group had grown five times in as many years;
TD-LTE wireless broadband operator Internux, trading as Bolt', reported that it had signed up 750,000 customers in the ten months since its commercial launch in Jakarta;
Telkomsel and XL both launched 4G/LTE services commercially in December 2014;
Telkomsel was investing IDR12.9 trillion (US$990 million) in 2015 to boost its 4G/LTE coverage;
In early 2015 SmartFren was looking to upgrade of its CDMA 3G network to 4G/LTE;
Samsung Electronics started to locally produce smartphones in Indonesia in early 2015;
Government program for conversion from analogue to digital broadcasting were ongoing; with migration to digital television to be
completed by 2016.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
PT Telkomsel, PT Telkom; PT Indosat; PT Satelindo, IM3 Indosat, XL Axiata, PT Hutchison CP, SmartFren, Mobile 8, Smart Telecom, PT Natrindo Telepon Selular (NTS), SingTel, Temasek, QTel; Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI); Televisi Pendidikan Indonesia (TPI); Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia (RCTI); Surya Citra Televisi (SCTV); PT Indosiar Visual Mandiri; Anteve (ANTV); MetroTV; TVOne; Indovision; Kabelvision; Multimedia Nusantara (MetraVision); PT Indosat; PT Satelindo; Indostar; Star TV; PT Indonusa Telemedia; MQTV; PT Telkom; Bakrie Telecom; Internux/Bolt.
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