The competition for cellular operator companies in Indonesia to obtain official permission to manage the 5G frequency is quite tight. However, it doesn’t mean that it is impossible as three of these Indonesian cellular operators are succeeding to fulfill the requirement to officially manage the 5G in Indonesia.
These three Indonesian cellular operators are permitted to use radio frequency band 2,3GHz in the range 2360 – 2390 MHz. The administration evaluation carried out by a team of evaluators and ranked by using a timekeeping app.
Three on the top rank put Smartfreen (PT Smart Telecom Tbk) on the top, Telkomsel (PT Telekomunikasi Selular) on the second place, and Tri (3) Indonesia (PT PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia) on the third place.
Each cellular operator will pay as much as 144,86 billion rupiahs. In total, the three operators paid around 434.6 billion rupiahs for the development of 5G in Indonesia.
Kominfo revealed that there were 5 cellular operators that were signed up for the 5G auctions. These 5 companies were Smartfren (PT Smart Telecom Tbk), Telkomsel (PT Telekomunikasi Selular), Tri (PT PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia), Indosat (PT Indosat Tbk), and XL (PT XL Axiata Tbk).
However, only four submitted the documents for selection application on Thursday, December 10, 2020, it is Smartfren (PT Smart Telecom Tbk), Telkomsel (PT Telekomunikasi Selular), Tri (PT PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia), and XL (PT XL Axiata Tbk).
The submitted documents were then evaluated by the team and unfortunately, PT XL Axiata Tbk must be dropped from the list. In the end, only three operators that success to make it to the final round of the auction. Documents collected and evaluated by the evaluation team under observance from each companies representative.
These three companies passed the documents selection process with the same delivery time. Therefore, rank is carried out by using a timekeeping app. The result is as mentioned above.
Companies that passed the administrative evaluation were given username and password on 14 December 2020 at 13.00 – 15.00 WIB at the Secretariat of the Selection Team. Meanwhile, the ranking process was obtained through a timekeeping app that started on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
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