Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Starlink, the internet network owned by billionaire Elon Musk, seems to be getting closer to opening services in Indonesia. Should Indonesian telecommunications players be afraid of this?
Regarding this, the Executive Director of the ICT Institute, Heru Sutadi, highlighted that foreigners were given the red carpet like kings. If that happens, the domestic industry needs to be afraid.
“If you are given a red carpet, you need to be afraid,” said Heru CNBC IndonesiaThursday (7/9/2023).
He said the rules for operators in Indonesia are quite strict, for example regarding BHP or Usage Rights Fees. If Starlink can freely do business domestically, that means it exists playing of fieldit’s not the same.
Previously, XL Axiata CEO Dian Siswarini also mentioned something similar. There needs to be an equal level playing field with players in the country.
“A new global player has emerged, Elon Musk wants to enter. Wow, he has already entered here and then if he doesn’t get the same level playing field, he can be completely cleared,” said XL Axiata CEO, Dian Siswarini at the Detikcom Leaders Forum: Direction of the Indonesian Telecommunication Industry, at Jakarta, Thursday (24/8/2023).
Meanwhile, the price of Starlink services on land is around IDR 2-3 million per month. Users will still be very limited, said Director of Wholesale & International Service, Telkom, Bogi Witjaksono.
“Starlink has the highest price, then Indihome, for example at home, then cellular. It’s up to people to choose it. That’s just a choice, something you don’t need to be afraid of,” he said on the sidelines of the BATIC 2023 event.
He explained that the presence of Starlink does not need to be feared by other operators. Because each internet service provider has its own market.
“It won’t be cheaper than your data package [operator]it won’t be cheaper because the speed is high and the base is satellite,” he explained.
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