Tue, 21 Nov 2006
Indonesia's second largest mobile phone operator, PT Indosat, is aiming to launch its third-generation (3G) services by the end of the month, a senior company official said on Thursday (16/11/06).

Two of Indosat's rivals, market leader PT Telkomsel and number three player PT Excelcomindo Pratama, launched the service in the second half of the year.

"We will launch 3G commercially on November 29 in Jakarta and Surabaya for a start," Indosat marketing director, Wahyu Wijayadi, was quoted as saying by Reuters.

He declined to say how many customers it expects to sign up for the service but noted that Indosat expects to have 16 million mobile phone customers by the end of the year, out of an expected total market of nearly 60 million.

There are nearly 1 million 3G-capable handsets in Indonesia and Telkomsel already has almost 400,000 3G customers.



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