Mobile Broadband Advantages and Disadvantages

April 8, 2015

Jakarta, Indonesia – Since the discovery of mobile broadband, many people have treated it as the solution for every problem technology has. However, it may be more of a headache for others. Individual needs are what determine whether this type of Internet service is right. Since mobile broadband devices can be used anywhere, they are probably best for people who use their laptops on the go. For example, someone who works as a stock trader would find it much more advantageous than someone whose job involves staying in an office all day. We in XL Axiata Axis Capital Group in Jakarta want to you to have your own choice. Before making a choice, consider all of the advantages and disadvantages.




1. No Land Line Required

Since the device plugs directly into a laptop, there is no need to purchase a land line. In this way, it may also be more cost efficient. There are no setup fees, and there is no need to mess with wires and cables. The device itself is similar to a cell phone. When the device is in range of a tower, there is a signal. So you don’t have to file a complaint on the portability of the device.


2. No Repetitive Software Installation

In addition to the easy setup process, the stressful task of software installation is minimized. Most providers offer an initial start-up packet, which includes any necessary software. The access program usually takes a few minutes to install. There is no need to go through a new installation process each time the device is plugged in.


3. Endless Mobile Benefits

Mobile Internet access has several benefits. For example, if a business executive finds out the hotel he or she is staying at has a temporary loss of high-speed Internet, the mobile device solves that problem. Several companies offer a bundling option, which provides mobile broadband and home Internet for an affordable price. The top benefit of this type of service is that it can be used nearly anywhere.




1. Network Problems

Access is limited in remote areas, and there may be frequent network problems. In addition to this, many networks are bogged down on the weekends, so data speeds may be slower. For those who rely solely on mobile broadband, such network issues may be unacceptable. In such cases, it is best to purchase a bundled plan and review the network coverage of the place you are at.


2. Cost

Mobile broadband may be more expensive than DSL. The availability of affordable service depends on where a person lives. There are even fewer choices in remote areas.


3. Data Caps

Many companies offer unlimited mobile broadband for a flat rate each month. However, nearly every company still uses data caps. This means that users who go over a specific amount of GB each month will experience slower data transfer speeds. The unlimited feature means that extra access will not be billed. However, the speeds after exceeding the cap allowance are slower.

Who offers the best 4G LTE connection in Indonesia? Here’s our side-by-side comparison

January 6, 2015


What a month so far in Indonesia so far! In December, all three of the biggest telcos launched their 4G LTE networks commercially in the country. However, these services are not rolled out nationwide and offer different speeds.


This time, Tech in Asia will provide side-by-side comparisons of the 4G LTE connections offered by three telcos: Telkomsel, XL Axiata, and Indosat, as well as from internet service provider Bolt.


Getting connected

In order to be able to use the 4G connections in Indonesia, you must use 4G-ready smartphones. To connect to 4G network from operators, users in Indonesia must first exchange the SIM cards in respective service centers, and then subscribe to specific data plans. For Bolt, you can either connect to its 4G modem via a 4G smartphone, or directly use Bolt SIM cards which are only compatible with Bolt’s own smartphones.


Speed and area coverage

Speed-wise, XL Axiata is number one, promising internet speed up to 100Mbps. Second place goes to Bolt with speed of up to 72Mbps. Telkomsel and Indosat tie in third place with speed of “just” up to 36Mbps. That’s still a nice boost to operators’ maximum speed last year on 3G, which was up to 14.4Mbps.


Note that internet connection speeds in Indonesia are quite low in general due to the lack of infrastructure, so even if the numbers above look decent, in reality you can still get a very slow connection. The mentioned speeds are advertised “up to”, which means they can and probably will run slower.


For coverage, Bolt takes the lead by covering 750,000 users in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi areas. Telkomsel, the country’s biggest operator, covers a few areas in Jakarta and Bali. While XL Axiata mostly provides 4G speed in Bogor, Medan, and Yogyakarta. XL is still holding 4G trials in Jakarta, mostly covering only Kelapa Gading area in North Jakarta. Indosat’s coverage is quite small: a few areas surrounding Jakarta’s Monas, Thamrin, and Sudirman districts.


Undoubtedly, the operators will all widen their coverage to more cities in Indonesia next year.

Source: XL Axiata Axis Capital Group Jakarta PT Telecom News



It’s quite tough to compare the 4G price between operators and Bolt, since each offering has its own quota bonuses and usage duration. But for comparison’s sake, these are the prices in Jakarta for a 30-day period (note that the pricing for data packages below may change in the next few months):


So there you go, Bolt is no longer the only player offering a 4G mobile connection in Indonesia. The three big telcos are now competing against each other to provide faster internet speeds to netizens, and unfortunately, users may not get more affordable data rates as time goes on. Indosat CEO Alexander Rusli called for all operators to increase their data plan prices, while rivals Telkomsel and XL Axiata are putting in intrusive ads inside users’ phone screens to squeeze higher returns out of their subscribers.



XL reports bigger losses as rupiah continues to fall

November 4, 2014

PT XL Axiata, the country’s second-largest telecommunications operator, has reported additional losses during the first nine months of this year, driven mainly by rising costs and ongoing currency volatility.


The publicly listed company recorded Rp 901.2 billion (US$75.8 million) in net losses during the January to September period after losing Rp 482.5 billion in the first half of this year.


Total losses during the first nine -month period represent a steep fall from the Rp 917 billion in net profits booked over the same period last year, according to a financial report published by the firm on Wednesday.


The company registered a 10.8 percent increase in total revenues, up to Rp 17.5 trillion from Rp 15.8 trillion. The surging revenues, however, could not compensate for the firm’s ballooning costs and expenses.


“Our profits were very much affected by currency volatility, which was out of our control,” said XL CEO Hasnul Suhaimi.


The continuing depreciation of the rupiah against the US dollar in the third quarter of this year increased the firm’s foreign exchange (forex) losses to Rp 935.5 billion from Rp 419.4 billion.


XL’s total expenses in the Jan.-Sept. period hit Rp 17.4 trillion, a 20 percent increase year-on-year from Rp 14.5 trillion, with infrastructure expenses reaching Rp 6.3 trillion.


In addition, because of loans taken out to acquire Axis Telekom Indonesia, the firm incurred interest costs of Rp 1.3 trillion, an 83 percent increase from Rp 708.5 billion.


As of September, XL’s current liabilities stood at Rp 15.8 trillion, Rp 4.5 trillion of which was debt.


The firm’s non-current liabilities, meanwhile, rose by 64.6 percent, to Rp 28.07 trillion from Rp 17.05 year-on-year.


Hasnul said that his firm had hedged 63 percent of its total debts to banks to avoid further forex losses.


He added that his firm would use proceeds of Rp 5.6 trillion acquired by the end of the year through the sale of towers to PT Solusi Tunas Pratama (SUPR) to pay down debt, particularly those with high interest rates.


Arandi Nugraha, an analyst with Batavia Prosperindo Sekuritas, said that the debt reduction would significantly affect XL’s financial performance, but the benefits would not be felt until next year.


XL would enhance its data and Internet services for customers to boost revenues, Hasnul said.


“We will spend around Rp 7 trillion for capital expenditures next year, 90 percent of which will be allocated for IT, network and fiber optic expansion,” he said, adding both external loans and internal cash could be used as funding sources.


XL, which unveiled a new logo on Tuesday, has noted that 51 percent of its 62.9 million customers were data users.


The firm’s revenue from voice and SMS services during the first nine months of this year grew by just 3.3 percent year-on-year to Rp 9.4 trillion.


XL’s revenue from its data and value-added services (VAS), meanwhile, surged by 43.8 percent to Rp 4.6 trillion from Rp 3.2 trillion year-on-year.


XL’s shares, traded under the code EXCL, fell by 4.78 percent to Rp 5,475 apiece on Wednesday’s close, down from Rp 5,750.  ……. XL Axiata PT Axis Capital Group Telecom Jakarta  Indonesia