Indosat testing LTE
telco Indosat is gearing up for the deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in
the country, and is partnering with ZTE to test the fourth-generation
technology in a new laboratory at the Bandung Institute of Technology’s (ITB).
reports say Indosat has commissioned a purpose built Indosat Innovation Lab at ITB
for R&D into LTE and has already demonstrated a maximum download data speed
separate development, unconfirmed reports say Indosat rival Bakrie Telecom has
acquired local 4G operator PT Reka Jasa Akses (REJA) through its investment
company PT Capital Managers Asia, as part of its own plans to enter the
national 4G sector. Industry watchers are in broad agreement that the decision
confirms Bakrie’s intentions to get into the advanced mobile internet segment
in the near future. Bakrie is committing a total USD50 million for the takeover
– USD12.5 million for the purchase itself, and USD37.5 million to develop REJA.
It is understood the smaller player is a niche 4G company with 630 customers
for its 4G packages. However, it holds a national operating licence – something
that is very attractive to Bakrie. Acquiring REJA gives the telco enough
additional bandwidth to expand its mobile broadband business countrywide.
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