The ministry of information, communication, and technology canceled the 2.3 gigahertz (GHz) frequency auction after appointed the winner on December 2020 - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The ministry of information, communication, and technology canceled the 2.3 gigahertz (GHz) frequency auction after appointed the winner on December 2020. End of last year, the regulator have been decided PT Smartfren Telecom Tbk (IDX: FREN), PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel), and PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia (Tri) as the winner of the tender.

The spokesman, Ferdinandus Setu, explained the termination was taken as a precautionary stepped on the Government Regulation Number 80 of 2015 concerning the types of non-tax state revenues. In the future, he said, the ministry will carefully run the tender process to ensure that the radio frequency spectrum is a limited natural resource.

In early decision, the government has picked Smartfren to managed Block A, Tri in Block B, and Telkomsel in Block C. The three telco firms offer the same price at Rp144.8 billion (US$10.34 million), for each block.

In August of 2020, the ministry announced the auction of the radio frequency band for wireless broadband services. The frequency introduced in 2009 has 15 zones. Zone 1 for Aceh and North Sumatra. Zone 2 for Riau, Jambi and West Sumatra.

Then, Zone 3 for South Sumatra, Bangka Belitung, Bengkulu and Lampung. Zone 4 for Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi. Then, Zone 5 for West Java except Bekasi and Bogor. Zone 6 for Yogyakarta and Central Java. Zone 7 for East Java and Madura

While, Zone 8, for Bali, West and East Nusa Tenggara. Zone 9 for Papua and West Papua. Zone 10 for Maluku and North Maluku. Zone 11 for South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi and West Sulawesi. Zone 12 for North Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi and Gorontalo. Zone 13 for West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. Zone 14 for East Kalimantan and South Kalimantan. And, Zone 15 for Riau Islands.

At present, the residents in frequency 2300 MHZ is PT Berca Hardaya Perkasa, who settled in Zone 8 and Zone 3 with 30 MHz and Zone 1 with 15 MHz. Setiawan said, the frequency auctioned aims to meet the spectrum needs for fast internet broadband for cellular operators in Indonesia.

The ICT ministry also in the process to compiled a roadmap for the development of the 5G internet in Indonesia. This program will start running in the third quarter of 2021. The regulator has prepared three frequency spectrum provision schemes. First, the low layer preparation by utilizing the 700 MHz frequency spectrum utilized by analog television. Next year this spectrum is empty due to the migration to analog television.

Beside, said the director general at the ministry, the ministry will releases 2.6 GHz in 2025 and will be utilized in 2022 or 2023. The development of 5G has been carried out since 2015 with Indonesia following developments in the International Telecommunications Union. In 2017, a number of operators began conducting trials for the fifth generation.

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