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Faster Internet now available to Indonesians through Indosat

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 16, 2013
New UMTS network a first for telco operator

Indonesians can now enjoy faster and stronger Internet services with the launch of Indosat’s UMTS 900MHz network. 

The telco affiliated with Qatar’s Ooredoo Group said the new UMTS network, named the ‘IM3 Super Internet Service’, is the first in Indonesia and has the capability to offer broadband services. 

The service was first launched recently in Bali since the island is a popular tourist area, and there is higher demand for mobile data services, the company said. Indosat was also the sole provider of telecommunication facilities at the 2013 APEC event in Bali. 

Alexander Rusli, President Director & CEO Indosat, said the new network forms part of the company’s modernisation programme that aims to establish the telco as a market leader and to enhance the user experience of Indosat customers. 

“We are very excited to be the first telecommunication operator in Indonesia to deliver faster access to quality data services using the UMTS 900MHz network. Supported by the latest technology, these services will provide Indosat’s customers in Bali with the very best user experience,” said Rusli, speaking at the service’s launching. 

Opportunities 

Rusli added that offering data services in Indonesia has become important recently as these services present economic and social opportunities to Indonesians. According to third party data, 22 percent of the total 248 million population of Indonesia are Internet users, 18 percent of whom are using major social networks. 

“In providing faster Internet access to the Indonesian people, we believe this programme will fully support the government as it works to achieve its pre-stated goals to accelerate the development of broadband in Indonesia and improve the nation's future economic development,” added Rusli.

The service will further be rolled out across the archipelago, including Jabotabek (Greater Jakarta) and other major cities in Java. The UMTS network was first tested in Padang, Bukittinggi and West Sumatera in 2012. 

Indosat said its modernisation is in line with the Ooredoo Group’s plans for its companies, including those in the rest of Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. 

Ooredoo shares are traded in the Qatar Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. 

 

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