In 2018, the subscriber count for telecommunications provider Telkomsel amounted to 163 million. In that year, Telkomsel had more subscribers than its rivals, Indosat and Hutchison. As of the third quarter of 2019, approximately 93.58 percent of Indonesian cities have access to the LTE (4G) mobile network. The share of Indonesians accessing the internet from their smartphones is expected to grow to 68 percent in 2021.
Mobile e-commerce in Indonesia
Indonesia is one of the most sought-after markets globally for e-commerce, with large local players and global heavyweights fighting for this enormous growing market. In 2017, about 20 million people were shopping online; this number was forecast to increase to 65 million by 2022. Primarily accessing the internet through mobile devices, it is estimated that more than half of all smartphone users in Indonesia purchase goods and services online. Besides their websites, most of the top e-commerce companies also have mobile applications allowing users to shop online through mobile devices.