A source in the telecommunications industry said Telkomsel and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is planning to block the revision of the regulations governing interconnection costs and an active network sharing (network sharing). Regulation in question is Regulation No. 52 Year 2000 on the Implementation of Communication and Government Regulation No. 53 of 2000 on the Use of Radio Frequency Spectrum and Satellite Orbit and Minister of Communications Regulation plan.
The source who did not want to be named,he said, “The regulations lobbied all-out order was not signed.”
Interconnection and network sharing are two topics that are being hotly debated in the mobile industry of the country.
As crowded reported, cellular operators such as Indosat Ooredoo, XL Axiata, Hutchison Three (3), and Smartfren Telecom wants interconnection fees were down more than 10 percent, even up to 40 percent in order to provide the calling rates across carriers more Cheap at each other’s customers.
Meanwhile, Telkomsel determined that the adjustment of interconnection costs do not fall too far from their current value to be more “fair and beneficial to all parties”, especially for those who have invested to build the network infrastructure.
Interconnection charges are expenses incurred one mobile operator to another mobile operator (off net), which became the destination of the call. Basic calculations based on Law No. 36/1999 on Telecommunications and PP No.52 / 2000 on the Provision of Telecommunication.
To note, Indosat and XL at the beginning of 2016 has been working to share the 4G LTE network through MORAN (Multi-Operator Radio Access Network) so that the operator can use the same LTE network in some cities.
But not so with Telkomsel that states refused to implement infrastructure sharing.
“We are exploring how to lower the cost for the network. So there was a deal with XL about net co (infrastructure sharing), “said the CEO of Indosat Ooredoo, Alexander Rusli. “But this was a matter of sharing them (Telkomsel) protests, so we are not given room to move at all.”
Telkomsel in that it has a strong position because it has built an extensive network to various regions with the backing of its parent company, Telkom. Across Indonesia, Telkomsel has about 116,000 base stations.
According to Alex, Telkom as the owner backbone unfair in providing leased line services in the outer islands because prioritize Telkomsel and obstructing other mobile operators in the network that has been built utilizing Telkom.
He cited the Moluccas, where Telkomsel operate 120 BTSs 4G network through fiber optic submarine built Telkom Indonesia in the framework of the project Digital Network (SMPCS, Sulawesi, Maluku, Papua Cable System).
“We want to rent, has been asked twice to Telkom but should not be. But to her Telkomsel (Telkom) love. He says not ready. Well, not yet ready what if 120 site (BTS) has gone the way? “Said Alex again.
Alex said in https://pulsalistrikdataonline.com/ this during a business Indosat, XL, and Three can not thrive outside Java because complicated when you want to use the infrastructure of Telkom, Telkomsel while on the other hand it easy like a golden child.
Problems complained about discrimination Indosat Telkom’s leased lines should be no longer time-sharing network authorized government regulation.
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has submitted a revised request PP 53/2000 regarding telecommunication network sharing in order to have a strong legal umbrella.
Meanwhile, changes to the Regulation of the Minister of Communication and Information (Permenkominfo) on tariff and interconnection are being processed and reportedly will be completed sometime in August.
When asked for a response by Kompas.com, Thursday (06/23/2016), VP Corporate Communication Telkomsel Adita Irawati dismissed allegations that it was obstructing the planned revision of the rules to realize the interconnection fee adjustment and network sharing.
“Telkomsel does not attempt to intervene in the regulations or policies issued by the government. Regulation is the domain of government and Telkomsel respect the regulatory process and the policy, “said Adita through a written statement.
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Of Telkom, Telkom Corporate Communication Vice President Arif Prabowo also declined to be working to tackle the revision of PP 53/2000 and Permenkominfo above.
Instead, he encouraged other operators in order to help build a network throughout Indonesia rather than simply utilizing Telkom and Telkomsel infrastructure through network sharing.
“It was not a tackle, should be equal treatment under the same conditions. This means that if you already have the same network that is equally spacious, perhaps it would be fair, “Arif said when contacted by Kompas.com Thursday.
“From the beginning we are committed to build infrastructure to remote Indonesia. It is not easy money and it took a very high resource for it, “he concluded.