- Operators warned to step up in Indonesia
Money Go-Jek prepares payments push with fintech buys Related Indonesia’s telecoms minister reportedly threatened to revoke “some” mobile licences in the country unless operators merge or step up their efforts in building out high-speed networks.According to Bloomberg, minister Rudiantara (who goes by one name like many Indonesians) also said he wants the country to operate with a maximum of four operators by the time his term ends in 2019, adding that smaller players should either merge or exit the market.“Each permit has requirements for the operator to invest and to build, so if they don’t build anything, I can revoke their permit,” said Rudiantara, who held roles at two of the country’s largest operators before joining the government.“My background is in the private sector, so I’m pragmatic. I will suggest they consolidate to have the capability to invest and retain their permits.”The country’s market is indeed heavily crowded, operating with seven players according to GSMA Intelligence.Telkomsel leads the market by a long way with an estimated 153.3 million connections, ahead of Indosat with more than 69 million, 3 Hutchison (51.2 million) and XL Axiata (40.8 million) (all figures end-Q4 2015). Smaller players are Smartfren with 12.5 million connections, Bolt with 2.4 million, and Ceria (68,688).Rudiantara’s comments reflect a level of frustration in government at the lack of efficiency in the country, with mobile coverage still patchy in many parts, despite having more than 300 million mobile connections.Last year, the country’s top five operators said they were launching 4G services on 1.8 GHz networks in selected cities and regions, and were reportedly gearing up to heavily invest in their 4G offerings. Although he did not name any companies, the minister said some operators were not fulfilling agreements to develop infrastructure, and the government had fined some of the culprits already.“So far we’ve handed them fines and penalties, but my job isn’t to accumulate funds for the government,” he said. “I only need to enforce the permits and I’m prepared to do that, but I’d rather take a friendly approach and suggest they merge to keep operating.” Kavit Majithia Author Indonesia blocks 101M prepaid SIMs Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Previous ArticleUS coalition wants tougher privacy rules for operatorsNext ArticleInterview: ZTE Devices Indonesia train operator lining up free Wi-Fi AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 JAN 2016 HomeAsiaNews Operators warned to step up in Indonesia Tags Indonesia
- Guy Makes Everybody Smile When He Picks Up His Girlfriend in Themed Cars Every Single Day
Every day for Garcia, he started dressing up in different outfits, greeting her with a hilarious new theme. He even started decorating his car to reflect the costume.WATCH: Guy Takes Advantage of Toys ‘R’ Us Closing Sale to Make Giant Ball Pit For His Dog in His HallwayOne day he picked her up in an ‘ice cream truck’; on another day, he arrived in a pizza delivery car dressed as a slice of pepperoni pie; then, he showed up in a DIY Batmobile.Even though Garcia would sometimes be a bit embarrassed, her boyfriend’s shenanigans soon became the highlight of everyone’s school day. One guy even offered up his old Prowler hot rod so Doell could keep up the fun routine.“People kept begging me to keep doing it and posting the videos,” he told the Daily Advertiser. “They told me they looked forward to it every day.”His efforts finally came to a crescendo after he was walking across a costume store parking lot to pick up a whistle for his NFL referee outfit and he saw a giant Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.Even though he knew it was a long shot, he decided to ask the workers if they would agree to take it for a spin to the university.“I thought it would be awesome, but there was no way it would happen,” Doell said. “But then I thought, ‘If I don’t act now, I’ll regret it.’”Contrary to his doubts, the women running the vehicle were delighted to oblige.LOOK: Police Praise Creative Students for ‘Best Senior Prank’ They’ve Ever SeenWith the Wienermobile as the cherry on top, Garcia eventually posted a compilation video of her boyfriend’s gag to social media where it was shared thousands of times. It even gave her the opportunity to get back at Doell.When she was invited onto a local radio show, she collaborated with the hosts and pulled up in the university parking lot with the radio station’s van – and they of course laid on the horn.“At first I was scared,” Doell told the Advertiser. “I had no idea who was honking. Usually, I’m the one who’s doing it. But then I was so impressed with her. That was the last thing I expected.”(WATCH the video below)Share This Sweet Story Of Young Love With Your Friends – Photos by Brianna GarciaAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreForget chocolate and flowers; this guy is seriously setting the bar higher for what it means to show affection for a significant other.For a few weeks back in April, Zach Doell was always there to pick up his girlfriend, Brianna Garcia, when she got out of her classes at the University of Louisiana. Instead of checking his phone with the spare time in the parking spot, he started thinking of goofy and amusing ways that he could surprise her after school.At first, he was happy enough just to lay on the horn and lovingly scream her name from across the parking lot – but then he got a lot more creative.