Network operators Axis and XL have signed Indonesia’s first national roaming agreement.
The agreement will follow regulation determined by the Indonesian regulator.
It will give Axis customers full access to XL’s network in Sumatra, soon to be followed by Kalimantan and Sulawesi.
Axis will maintain control of its own customers throughout, regardless of whether or not they roam onto XL’s network.
The agreement takes effect from the beginning of next year.
It also builds on the existing partnership between the two companies as Axis already leases a significant proportion of towers from XL’s portfolio.
Axis chief executive Erik Aas said: “This is a groundbreaking agreement for the country, not only enhancing the choice and affordability of mobile services throughout Indonesia but also accelerating market growth.
“Indonesia’s mobile industry has experienced a period of rapid change, with innovation continuing to evolve our wireless market. Our agreement with XL is a clear example of this innovation and we are proud to join forces and demonstrate such strong leadership through our national roaming agreement.”
XL director Hasnul Suhaimi said: “Although XL and Axis are competing operators, we are happy to collaborate in order to deliver a better mobile service experience to Indonesian subscribers.
“We believe that through our agreement with AXIS we will be able to deliver a sustained, high quality of service to both sets of customers as they take advantage of our abundant network capacity.”