Supporting Indonesia's Digital Economy Vision in 2020, Indosat Ooredoo Successfully Completed Refarming of 2.1 GHz Radio Spectrum Ahead Schedule

Jakarta, February 13, 2018 - As part of its effort to improve broadband penetration and supporting Indonesia’s Digital Economy vision in 2020, Indosat Ooredoo proudly announced today that the company has successfully finalized the rearrangement of its 2.1 GHz frequency spectrum ahead of the schedule. Jakarta-1 and Central Java-3 cluster were the last refarming cluster concluded by the company on Monday night, February 12, 2018. The finalization of the refarming was witnessed by MOCIT, Indonesia’s Frequency Monitoring Authority (Balmon) and Chief of Technology & Information Officer of Ooredoo Group, Ahmad Abdulaziz Al-Neama.

The company accelerated the project and finished ahead of the schedule from the initial plan targeted by MOCIT on March 1, 2018. Indosat Ooredoo became the first Operator who conducting re-farming, start from November 21, 2017.

“Indosat Ooredoo is committed to accelerate the rearrangement process of 2.1 GHz as part of our commitment to comply with regulation, support Government’s program in building digital economy and fast-track the utilization of radio frequency spectrum to user, by considering that radio frequency spectrums are limited resources which need to be optimized. We hope that all our acceleration initiatives will push the overall rearrangement of 2.1 GHz band across the nation, " said Dejan Kastelic, Chief Technology and Information Officer Indosat Ooredoo.

Dejan added that the project will benefit the country in overall, not only bring a better customer experience for mobile users but even for a greater socio-economic impact. "Refarming project stimulates broadband penetration in Indonesia, which is in return will increase national GDP and better welfare as people have a better access to information and market through technology. This is the essence of how telecommunications can leverage one country's socio-economy," he added.

This fast-track project will speed up the overall country’s rearrangement process and will help all operators improve their customer experience. Indonesia’s re-farming project is divided to 24 clusters nationwide, and is conducted gradually by all Operators with the end target on April, 25 2018.

The project is part of company’s effort to improve customer’s experience and supporting government priorities of broadband penetration in Indonesia. The company has set its 2018 strategy to back focus on its core business by developing and expanding its network that includes the frequency refarming project.

With the completion of Indosat Ooredoo refarming project, the company has helped Indonesia’s vision to be the largest Digital Economy in South East Asia by 2020. The country has predicted to have more than US$ 130 billion with annual growth by 50% per annum from online business industry wherein the telecommunication sector is the infrastructure backbone of this industry.