Jakarta. Telekomunikasi Selular, or Telkomsel, the mobile operator unit of Telekomunikasi Indonesia, the country's largest telecommunication company, has secured additional radio spectrum from the government.
Telkomsel paid Rp 1.01 trillion ($74.7 million) to secure a license for a 30-megahertz band on the 2.3 gigahertz spectrum, which will enhance its capacity to offer wireless broadband services across the country.
"This 2.3 GHz spectrum will be used to increase service capacity in cities where demand for mobile broadband is relatively high, so that it would improve Telkomsel's customer experience," Telkom said in a statement to the Indonesian Stock Exchange on Tuesday (24/10).
The company earlier said its aim is to provide fourth-generation broadband cellular network coverage, known as 4G, in all of Indonesia's districts by the end of this year.
The new license means that Telkomsel now has a total band of 77.5 MHz on the 2.3 GHz, 2.1 GHz, 1.8 GHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz spectrums.
Telkomsel is currently the largest mobile operator in Indonesia, with 173 million active mobile numbers as of the end of June. Its two closest rivals, Indosat and XL Axiata, have a combined total of around 146 million.