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Telekomunikasi Indonesia Planning to Close its CDMA Network

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Indonesia's PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia is planning to shut down its CDMA network over the next few years and will migrate the customers over to its GSM services.

Honesti Basyir, finance director at the company described the CDMA network as "moribund" and noted that their 18 million CDMA customers generate far lower monthly revenues than their GSM customers.

Honesti told the Jakarta Post that the declining CDMA business had prompted the operator to review the service.

"We do not want to play in the CDMA market any longer and we will gradually withdraw this service over two to three years," he said.

The shut-down will be phased, with areas with fewer customers being switched off first, until they are left with just the main Java customer base needing to be migrated onto the GSM network.

The company will seek to reuse the 850Mhz spectrum, although that will be subject to the regulator's approval.

Rival operator, PT Indosat is also considering shutting down its CDMA network.

On the web: Jakarta Post

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