JAKARTA (IFT) - PT Smartfren Telecom Tbk (FREN) is getting ready to become Indonesia’s telecommunication data service operator. The company implemented the first phase of code division multiple access technology (CDMA) evolution data optimized (EVDO) Revision B. The technology is able to run with 9.3 Megabytes per second (Mbps) speed through the company’s 4,000 base transceiver stations (BTS). Smartfren will have 4,500 units of BTS by the end of this year.
Merza Fachys, Director of Smartfren, said that the company is currently rolling out the second phase of EVDO Rev B technology with 14.7 Mbps maximum data access. The company has started constructing BTS with this technology in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi.
PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (GIAA)
The state-owned airline company has spent Rp 3.01 trillion of its net IPO proceeds of Rp 3.18 trillion throughout 2013. The company spent Rp 2.54 trillion from the IPO proceeds to develop its armada, and Rp 466.12 billion to fund its 2013 capex. The capex was allotted to the company and its subsidiary. The company still had remaining IPO proceeds of Rp 171.28 billion that is saved as deposits.
PT PLN (Persero)
The state-owned electricity company targets gas consumption for its power plants in 2014 to rise five percent to 470.3 BBTUD in 2014 from actual consumption of 409.9 BBTUD last year. The gas consumption target will be met by optimizing gas distribution from Kangean Energy and PT Nusantara Regas.
PT Sumber Alfaria Trijaya Tbk (AMRT)
The listed modern retail company—through its subsidiary Alfamart Retail Asia Pte Ltd Singapore—expands to the Philippines by establishing a joint venture subsidiary named Alfamart Trading Philippines Inc with a local partner. Alfamart becomes a minority shareholder in the joint venture with a 35-percent stake and capital of Rp 66.7 billion. The joint venture company will engage in commerce, distribution, and logistics segment.
PT Cita Mineral Investindo Tbk (CITA)
The listed bauxite producer many have to stop producing this year, following the banning of raw mineral export on January 12, 2014. An official of the company expressed his pessimism that the company could be able to produce this year. The company, through the consortium of PT Well Harvest Winning Alumina Refinery, started the construction of an alumina smelter on July of 2013, with investment value of US$ 1 billion in Kendawangan, West Kalimantan. The smelter’s development is expected to be completed in 2015.