Indonesia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
The country's mobile market was characterised for many years by the large number of players licensed by the local regulator. Seven mobile operators are competing for revenues in the Indonesian market: Telkomsel, Indosat, XL Axiata, 3 Indonesia, SmartFren, Bakrie Telecom an dInternux (Bolt). Market leader Telkomsel continues to maintain a huge presence but is under increased threat from the competition. All the major mobile operators in Indonesia are well advanced in the deployment of their 4G LTE networks. The two largest providers, XL Axiata and Telkomsel both have networks that covered over 70% of the country by 2017. Over the last decade Indonesia's mobile market has displayed solid growth over the last five years with penetration increasing from 103% in 2011 to 148% in 2016.This strong growth has been driven by strong increasing in subscribers from the market leader Telkomsel, supported by strong growth from Indosat, and 3 Indonesia. Growing use of mobile broadband has been a significant driver of this strong growth. Mobile broadband subscribers have grown significantly over the past few years in Indonesia and penetration rates now stands at 50% of the overall population. Growth is predicted to taper off over the next five years to 2021 as the market has now reached a higher state of maturity. Industry consolidation is possible towards 2018 as intense data competition may force smaller and unprofitable mobile operators to be pushed out of the market. Industry consolidation is more likely to have a positive impact on the local telco sector as it will reduce the overcapacity in the market and bring more stability to data tariffs.
Ericsson completed the first demonstration of 5G technology in Indonesia, including a 5G test bed trial, SmartFren, working in partnership with Mitel, launched Indonesia's first voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and video-over-LTE service. XL Axiata has rolled out 4G LTE services to around 100 towns and cities in Indonesia. Telkomsel's strategy in 2017 is to focus on its Digital Business including an aggressive 3G/4G base transceiver station deployment. Telkomsel, working with Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and ZTE, launched 4.5G services in nine cities PT Indosat Ooredoo was preparing to launch 4.5G (presumed LTE-A Pro)