The take-up of 4G services has increased by 2.5 times in Indonesia across the past year, with penetration rates for LTE reaching 21%.
The country has a total of almost 410 million mobile connections. In Q3 2016, the number of 4G connections sat at around 34 million, with 4G penetration at around 7.9%. In Q3 2017, 4G subscriber numbers have leapt to 85.5 million.
The first six months of 2017 saw a near twofold increase in the number of 4G base stations deployed by operators, with 55,700 sites active at the end of July compared to 26,000 at the end of 2016. In this same timeframe, 199 new districts and municipalities have received 4G coverage, up from 58 at the end of last year.
Between Q3 2016 and Q3 2017, market leader Telkomsel witnessed its 4G subscriber total increase from 11.9 million to 30.7 million, a 17% increase in LTE penetration. Second-placed Indosat Ooredoo saw its subscribers nearly triple over the same period, reaching 14.9 million – around 15% of its total base.
Third-placed 3 Indonesia saw that fastest growth in its 4G subscriber base over the past year, going from 1.8 million 4G customers to 8.8 million – 13% of its user base. Number four XL Axiata boasted the highest 4G penetration rate of 39.5%, increasing its 4G base by 11 million over the past year to reach 19.9 million 4G users.
Indonesia recently announced an auction of 50MHz of spectrum in the4G-ready 2.1GHz and 2.3GHz bands, which will allow operators to increase their 4G holding to expand their coverage in the wake of massive growth.