The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review

Title: The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review
Publisher: Law Business Research

 

The Indonesian government acknowledges the need for legislative reforms. Convergence will potentially bring about a reshaping of the existing regulatory framework and will, as
necessary, see the enactment of new regulations covering issues yet to be regulated.

The 2007–11 Government Work Program accommodates wide-ranging legislative reforms to the licensing regime to cover:

  1. content, carrier and network licences;
  2. restructuring of frequency allocation;
  3. the introduction of bandwidth-based fees for use of the radio spectrum; and
  4. strengthening of competition safeguards and local industries.

The government and the House of Representatives have included a Convergence Bill in the 2010–14 national legislative programme. In welcoming the digital era, in July 2011
the government introduced a draft of the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Regulation on the Implementation of Free-to-Air Fixed Terrestrial Digital Television Broadcasting, in which a distinction of broadcasting operators between broadcasting programme operators and multiplexing broadcasting operators was initiated.

In line with developments in the sector, in an effort to develop domestic industries and revive efforts to empower the local telecommunications industry, the government is now focusing on the fulfilment of local content for the operation of the telecommunication business. Guidelines on the evaluation of local content level from capital expenditures (capex) and operational expenditures (opex) were issued to support this programme.