Yessie D. Yosetya, director of the XL Axiata network, said XL was targeting 92% of XL users to take advantage of the 4G network by the end of 2019.
"The data to the end of 2018 represent about 85 to 86% of the population covered by the 4G.So, XL objectives until the end of 2019, 92% of Indonesian users of XL can enjoy the 4G network", said Yessie after the opening of the Pojok. Pintar at the Office of Communication and Information. Jakarta, Monday (4/3).
Based on data for the first quarter of 2018, as of March 31, 2018, XL had 54.5 million subscribers to its services. This number includes 53.7 million prepaid customers and 804,000 postpaid customers. However, cleaning did not reduce this figure due to the prepaid registration completed in April 2018.
In addition, Yessie said that currently, the company is focusing on extending the 4G network outside Java, such as Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi.
"In fact, our expansion is still concentrated outside of Java, and for the Eastern region we will be waiting for the Oriental Palapa Ring to be available," he said.
According to Yessie, XL in 2018 paid 7,000 billion IDR to create a network. In addition, according to him, the Palapa ring influences the efficiency of the transmission rather than the satellite.
"Yes, the satellite was expensive, the benefits are low," he said.
Regarding Palapa Ring, the Palapa Ring Volume II project is divided into three ensembles: West, Central and East. XL said he reached Natuna for services in the West Palapa Ring.
"The West Palapa Ring is over, we are discussing the Middle Palapa Ring, and once that's done, we can take the middle one," said Yessie.
The western package reaches the Riau and Riau Islands to Natuna Island, with a total fiber optic cable length of about 2,000 km.
The central package will reach Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Maluku North to the Sangihe-Talaud Islands with a total length of approximately 2,700 km of fiber optic cable.
Whereas, the East package is the heaviest part of the Palapa Ring project as a whole. The eastern package is heavier because it has to penetrate east of Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, West Papua and Papua.