Indonesia

Xiaomi taking big steps on the global stage

After taking the lead in the Indian market, Xiaomi has continued the solid progress by snapping up second spot Indonesia, another one of the world’s most lucrative markets.

Back tax contagion as Indonesia stalks Google

Inspired by the European Commission the Indonesian government has set its sights on Google, with the internet giant possibly facing a bill of $400 million in back taxes for 2015 alone.

$250m sub-sea cable to connect USA to Southeast Asia

Seven carriers this week agreed to co-deploy a submarine cable directly connecting Southeast Asia and the US in a project worth $250m. To be completed by the end of 2016, the cable system will provide an additional 20Tbps capacity, connecting Indonesia and the Philippines to the US with 100G technology.

IP interconnect hub launches in Asia

IP interconnect provider XConnect and Malaysian and Indonesian ICT specialist Extol this week launched the Asian Interconnect Exchange (AIX), giving local service providers access to an IP hub where they can exchange IP traffic and services.

Telstra sets up network services JV with Telcom Indonesia

Australian operator Telstra has formed a joint venture with Telkom Indonesia to provide network services in South East Asia. The two have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the joint venture be the exclusive provider of network applications and services in Indonesia for the two operators. It will offer managed network and security, cloud and unified communications services.

Ooredoo tops one million mobile money subscribers

Qatari operator group Ooredoo now has one million mobile money customers across its global footprint. The group, which has a presence in Qatar, Indonesia and Tunisia added that mobile money services have contributed to economic and social development in the markets it operates in.

Axiata to acquire Indonesia’s Axis

Asian operator group Axiata has announced the acquisition of a 95 per cent stake Indonesian operator Axis. Axiata’s own Indonesian subsidiary, PT XL Axiata (XL), has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement with the subsidiary of Saudi operator group STC.

Saudi Telecom to offload Indonesian unit

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has entered talks with an as yet unnamed party with a view to selling its Indonesian asset – PT Axis Telekom. STC owns an 80.10 per cent shareholding directly and 3.725 per cent indirectly in Axis.

BlackBerry Messenger payment service debuts in Indonesia

A bank in Indonesia has developed the first mobile payments service for Canadian handset maker BlackBerry’s Messenger service (BBM). PermataBank has teamed up with British mobile banking solutions provider Monitise to roll out a commercial pilot of BBM Money in the country ahead of a full launch.

Indonesia to reveal 2.3GHz WiMAX winners in July

The winners of Indonesia’s tender for 2.3GHz WIMAX licences will be announced in July. The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCI), according to local media reports, has still to work out the fee policy in each of Indonesia’s 15 zones where WiMAX services will initially be made available.

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