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Indonesia pushes back spectrum auctions again

Indonesia pushes back spectrum auctions again

The Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has again postponed the release of the terms for its upcoming 2.1GHz and 2.3GHz spectrum auctions.

With the auctions originally scheduled for mid-2017, the auction rules were due to be released by the end of May, having missed the original release target of end-March. However, the Indonesian Telecommunication Regulatory Body has now claimed that it was not possible to issue the rules within this timeframe, and has scheduled meetings in May to debate the tender rules.

Once the rules receive approval, MCIT – which is referred to locally as KemKominfo – is set to create an auction selection team with the responsibility of creating a draft selection document for potential participants. The MCIT has not mooted any potential dates for the tenders, but back in February it stated that it would tender the unused 2.1GHz and 2.3GHz spectrum that it had available and announce the winning bidders by the end of June.

While the MCIT has stated that it will release two 10MHz blocks of spectrum in the 2.1GHz band, it has not revealed the amount that it will make available in the 2.3GHz band as its ownership is disputed. The ministry has however stated that only existing operators will be able to bid in the auctions. 

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