IBM today revealed a significant cloud services deal in the APAC region that could be a sign of things to come. The Indonesian telecommunications provider Indosat Ooredoo and its subsidiary Lintasarta have signed a five year partnership deal to develop and deliver solutions via the IBM cloud to its customer base.
Telecom Asia — Indonesia’s’ Indosat Ooredoo has launched LTE-Advanced services in the market branded as 4Gplus. The newly-renamed operator is offering the service at no extra charge compared to its existing 3G services, Tempo.co reported. The company said independent tests show the network is capable of download speeds of up to 185Mbps.
Eco Business — Southeast Asia’s leading IoT and M2M thought leaders will be gathering in Jakarta, in August, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of IoT/M2M in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Among the leading thinkers are Telkomsel President Director, Ririek Adriansyah, and Mr. Bambang Heru Tjahjono, Director General for ICT Applications at Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. They will be speaking at the Asia IoT Business Platform.
Over the next five years, the Indonesian government plans to spend more than US$420 billion on infrastructure projects in the archipelago. A large portion is to come from the private sector; for telecoms projects in particular, nearly all of it will. Indonesia’s tech minister, Rudiantara, is looking to streamline the new network build-outs and has asked the nation’s three major telcos – Telkomsel, Indosat, and XL Axiata – to submit their plans. The minister wants to ensure that the telecoms infrastructure push is efficient nationwide, and not just limited to the greater Jakarta area.
Today, Indonesian jobs information site Qerja announced that after just eight months in operation, the company has secured a series A funding round from the SB ISAT Fund, a collaboration between SoftBank and Indosat. The amount of the round was not disclosed, but Qerja is calling it “one of the highest Series A valuations of any Southeast Asian startup.” The round, it says, puts Qerja at an eight digit valuation. Previously, Qerja was supported by a seed round raised from Mountain Kejora Ventures (formerly known as Mountain SEA Ventures).
What a month so far in Indonesia so far! In December, all three of the biggest telcos launched their 4G LTE networks commercially in the country. However, these services are not rolled out nationwide and offer different speeds. This time, Tech in Asia will provide side-by-side comparisons of the 4G LTE connections offered by three telcos: Telkomsel, XL Axiata, and Indosat, as well as from internet service provider Bolt.
Indonesian telco company Indosat, in collaboration with Qatar National Bank (QNB), launched a mobile money ATM card this week, CNN Indonesia reports. The card is integrated with Indosat’s ewallet feature Dompetku, which now claims to be the first mobile money provider in Indonesia with a parallel ATM service feature.
Following local mobile provider Telkomsel’s launch of its 4G long-term-evolution mobile internet service in Jakarta and Bali, the archipelago’s two other major telco players, XL Axiata and Indosat, followed suit with their own announcements, CNN Indonesia reports. Indosat says it will soon commercialize its own 4G service, which is still currently in the preparation stage. All customers who want to enjoy 4G coverage will need to change their SIM cards.
By now, you may have heard about Jakarta’s Ideabox accelerator letting all eight of its second batch startup finalists into the program last week. You may have also heard about the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank taking an interest in local tech ventures. But what you may not realize is that the two initiatives have a common denominator in local telco Indosat , one of the archipelago’s largest telecommunication companies. Right now, Indosat is calling itself one of the most aggressive players in Southeast Asia’s tech startup scene, particularly when it comes to forming new partnerships.