Indonesia: Telkomsel launches T-Bike Mobile app; Menara KPM gears up for fiber optics biz

IndonesiaDeal Street Asia — Indonesia state-owned telecommunications operator PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) has launched its T-Bike mobile app, which enables users to monitor and control several functions of their motorcycles through their smartphone. Meanwhile,

 PT Menara KPM, an emerging telco tower construction solution provider is geared expanding into fiber optics network development..

Telkomsel aiming to change lifestyles with TCash

IndonesiaDigital News Asia — According to the Mobile Money Adoption Survey by the GSM Association (GSMA), there were 255 live mobile money services in 89 markets around the world in 2014, compared with 233 services across 83 markets at the end of 2013. Mobile money or the mobile wallet – where you conduct transactions using your mobile phone, in case you’re wondering – is maturing in many developing economies, including Indonesia.

Telin Singapore’s data center gets certification from Uptime Institute

SingaporeTelekomunikasi Indonesia International Pte Ltd (Telin Singapore), a subsidiary of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, announced that Telin-1 Changi Data Centre has been awarded a Tier III Certification of Design Documents by Uptime Institute, the globally recognised data centre authority. This Tier III Certification award puts Telin Singapore in an elite group of handful of companies in Singapore to have achieved the prestigious certification from Uptime Institute.

Telkom’s Mega Submarine Cable Project SEA Has Landed in Dumai

IndonesiaJakarta Globe — Telkom Group as one member of the consortium submarine cable Southeast Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) carry out the deployment of submarine cables at the Station of Landing Cable at Puak Dumai Beach on Thursday, 19 November, 2015, witnessed by Director of Network and IT Telin, Tulus Sudarsono, and EVP Telkom Regional I, Teuku Muda Nanta.

Telkom Hopes to Finalize AP Teleguam Deal by Early 2016

IndonesiaJakarta Globe — State-controlled Telekomunikasi Indonesia hopes to complete the acquisition of AP Teleguam Holdings, a telecommunication holding company in Guam, sometime in the beginning of next year, awaiting approval from the United States’ Federal Communications Commission.

Smartfren subscribers in Indonesia to get Start-based interface on Android devices

IndonesiaMobile marketing company Celltick has partnered with Indonesian telecommunications company, Smartfren Telekom (Smartfren), to develop an intelligent start screen for Android subscribers. Under this partnership, Smartfren will provide its subscribers fast access to their favourite and frequently-used applications and functions through a customised version of Celltick’s Start that will be preloaded on Smartfren Android devices.

Telkom-Telstra telecom JV starts operations in Indonesia

IndonesiaDeal Street Asia — Indonesia’s largest telecom firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk(TLKM) and Australia’s Telstra have kick-started the operation of their joint-venture company TelkomTelstra, which is aimed at tapping the growing telecom application and services market across Indonesia and the region. TelkomTelstra has launched a customer experience centre in Jakarta to introduce potential customers to its integrated information, technology and telecommunication offering.

Telkom Eyes 100% Stake in GTA Teleguam

IndonesiaJakarta Globe — Jakarta. Indonesian state-owned telecommunications provider Telkom says it aims to take 100 percent control of Guam-based GTA Teleguam, as part of its overseas network expansion. Telkom agreed in May to buy GTA Teleguam from the Japanese private equity firm Advantage Partners, but has since kept the details under wraps.

PUC considers acquisition of GTA by Indonesia’s largest telco

IndonesiaKUAM — Telkom Indonesia is the company that is looking to acquire GTA TeleGuam. In a recent hearing held by the Public Utilities Commission, company representatives laid out a point-by-point presentation on why the PUC should approve the deal. Indonesia’s largest telco says it is a cash-rich, low-debt, high-growth company. Total group revenues for 2014 were US$7.2 billion, with gross income of $3.7 billion and net income of $1.7 billion.

Telkom on Track to Close Acquisition of AP Teleguam Holdings

IndonesiaJakarta Globe — Jakarta. State-owned telecommunication firm Telekomunikasi Indonesia, better known as Telkom, is on track to close its acquisition of AP Teleguam Holdings, the holding company of Guam telecommunication company GTA Teleguam, this year, according to a top executive at the company. Alex J Sinaga, president director of Telkom, said that the company has completed 95 percent of the acquisition so far.

27 companies apply for Indonesia fiber tender

IndonesiaTelecom Asia — Major telecom and ICT companies including PT Telkom Indonesia, PT Indosat and XL Axiata have all registered to take part in a bid for a $246.7 million fiber project in Indonesia. All told 27 companies have signed up to take part in the bid for the Palapa Ring II cable project, which will involve rolling out 8,395km of subsea cable in the nation, Deal Street Asia reported.

Eyeing Expansion, Telkom Mulls Over Plans for Rp 5t Bond Issuance in 2016

IndonesiaJakarta Globe — Jakarta. State-controlled Telekomunikasi Indonesia, commonly known as Telkom, is assessing plans for a Rp 5 trillion ($371 million) bond issuance in the beginning of next year to finance expansion over the next few years. “We will still monitor the market. If we conduct the bond sale in the second half of this year, the pricing will be expensive, so it’s likely that we’ll have it early next year,” Telkom finance director Heri Sunaryadi said in Jakarta on Monday.

Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 – Jakarta

IndonesiaEco 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.

Telkom Sets Aside $250m to Acquire Guam’s AP Teleguam

IndonesiaJakarta. Indonesia’s biggest telecommunications company Telekomunikasi Indonesia has set aside $250 million to acquire AP Teleguam Holdings Inc, the parent company of telco operator GTA Teleguam, in the tiny Western Pacific territory of Guam. Telkom will use proceeds from bond sales to help fund the acquisition, said Indra Utoyo, director of innovation and strategic portofolio at Telkom. Indra said the company has submitted proposals to authorities in Guam, which is a United States island territory in Micronesia, and the US.

Telkom, Singtel to launch JV providing public utility apps

IndonesiaState-run telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is planning a joint venture with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (Singtel) to work on information and technology (IT) applications for the city state’s market. Indra Utoyo, Telkom innovation and strategic portfolio director, said his company, through its subsidiary PT Sigma Cipta Caraka (telkomsigma), would form a joint venture with SingTel’s subsidiary National Computer Systems Pte. Ltd. (NCS) to operate as an application provider.

Telkom builds 3rd data center in Singapore, from Jakarta

IndonesiaState-run telecommunications firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has officially kicked off the development of a new data center in Singapore to support its ambitious goal of becoming a world-class information and technology company.The firm’s business arm in the city-state, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International Pte. Ltd Singapore (Telin Singapore), held a groundbreaking ceremony attended by a number of high-ranking officials for the construction of the data center in the Jurong area on Friday.

Indonesia’s Telkom buys Guam’s GTA Teleguam from Japanese PE firm

IndonesiaPT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) Tbk, Indonesia’s largest telecommunication company, said it has reached a deal to buy Guam’s AP Teleguam Holdings Inc, parent company of telco operator GTA Teleguam. GTA Teleguam is one of the telecom operators in Guam. Currently, Guam’s AP Teleguam, the parent company of GTA Teleguam is owned by Japanese private equity firm Advantage Partners. The deal is routed through Telkom’s US subsidiary – Telkom Internasional USA Inc. (Telin USA) – that is buying out Advantage Partners’ holdings in the Guam-based operator

Telin Singapore gets Cisco WebEx accreditation, first in APAC

IndonesiaTELEKOMUNIKASI Indonesia International Pte Ltd (Telin Singapore), a subsidiary of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, said it was the first in Asia Pacific to be certified a Cisco Systems Inc authorised technology provider for WebEx. With that, Telin Singapore has unveiled new business offerings to help telecommunication service providers and enterprise clients add automation to their Cisco web conference services-based clouds, it said in a statement.

Fiber-optics and smart cities: Indonesia gets aggressive with infrastructure modernization

IndonesiaOver 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.

Telkom, PGN to announce largest dividend payout ratios

IndonesiaThe dividend payout ratios of Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) and gas distribution firm Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) are expected to remain the largest among state-owned enterprises despite the government’s plan to reduce dividend payments this year, a minister has said.“Telkom’s dividend payout ratio will probably be around 40 percent and PGN’s will be between 40 and 50 percent, the largest”, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini M. Soemarno said last week.

Who offers the best 4G LTE connection in Indonesia? Here’s our side-by-side comparison

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.

The time has come! Indosat, XL, and Telkomsel to introduce 4G in Indonesia

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.

Telkom triples investment to support government’s urban broadband target

To achieve government’s ambitious target, private sector expected to invest aggressively in broadband roll-out. Indonesia’s government has set a target for  of 70 per cent of urban households, and 100 per cent of urban office buildings, to have broadband access in the next four years. In the same period mobile broadband in urban areas is targeted to hit 100 per cent.

Telkom Indonesia plants a seed for tech startups in East Java

As part of a joint initiative between Telkom Indonesia  and the Indonesia Digital Creative Industry Community  (MIKTI), MIKTI announced today the it has opened a new co-working space in Malang, a satellite town of Indonesia’s second largest city Surabaya. The space is funded by Telkom’s CSR fund, and has been dubbed Dilo Malang (short for “Digital Lounge Malang”). It provides facilities such as shared meeting rooms, classrooms, and common areas for entrepreneurs to network and build their startups collectively.

Indonesia’s Telkom partners with VC to launch Indigo Fenox incubator

Indonesia’s largest information and communication company, Telkom, shocked the nation’s startup ecosystem last week with its announcement of a US$200 million fund via its CVC (corporate venture capital) to invest in tech startups. The CVC, partnering with multiple VCs, aims to invest globally, with US and Indonesian startups as its focus. One of Telkom’s CVC partners is US-based Fenox VC (Disclosure: Fenox VC is also an investor in Tech in Asia. See our ethics page for more information).