Indonesia government plans to license OTT services

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Indonesian government is planning to encourage the development of national over the top (OTT) mobile Internet applications, which will be able to compete with the international OTTs such as Facebook and Twitter. To support this development, the government might require that the OTT operators have license in the country, said the Minister of Communications and… Read more »

Stanchart, Indosat target unbanked Indonesians with launch of Straight2Bank Wallet

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Standard Chartered Bank Indonesia (Stanchart) of UK is partnering with a local cellular operator PT Indosat Tbk (ISAT), unit of Qatar firm Ooredoo Group, to launch Straight2Bank Wallet for corporate clients in the country, taking advantage of the growing popularity of cashless payment mechanism in the country. Straight2Bank Wallet will… Read more »


Indonesia smartphones requires 30% local content starting 2017

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Indonesia government requires all fourth generation (4G) FDD LTE smartphones use 30 per cent of the local components starting from January 2017. The requirement for the same will be 40 per cent for 4G TDD-LTE starting from 2019. Communications and Information Technology Minister Rudiantara signed a ministerial decree about the local content… Read more »


Five Indonesia mobile carriers ready to implement 4G LTE

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Five mobile carriers PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel), a unit of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (TLKM), PT XL Axiata (EXCL), PT Indosat (ISAT), PT Smartfren Telecom (FREN) and PT Tri Indonesia have announced their readiness to provide 4G Long-Term Evolution, or LTE services across the country, starting this year. The services will… Read more »


Indonesia’s Berca teams up with Huawei, to deploy $150m for 4G LTE launch in 3 cities

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Indonesia private firm PT Berca Hardayaperkasa has become the latest company in the country to launch the 4G LTE services. It recently announced that it will launch its “Hinet” service to subscribers in Bali, Makassar and Pekanbaru starting October, a local paper reported. Karuna Murdaya, a director at PT Central Cipta… Read more »


Globe Telecom gets NTC approval to secure ownership of Bayantel

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Globe Telecom Inc will secure controlling ownership of telco firm Bayan Telecommunications Inc (Bayantel) in the Philippines after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) approved their joint application to authorize Globe to convert its debt holdings in Bayantel into equity. Globe earlier informed the stock exchange that NTC’s approval of the… Read more »


Aruba to bring next-gen wireless networks to Myanmar

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California-based Aruba Networks, a provider of network access solutions for mobile enterprises, said it has teamed up with local firm United Distribution Solution Co Ltd to enter Myanmar’s wireless networks market. Aruba, an HP company, said it aims to work with enterprises in Myanmar to build-up and strengthen their wireless… Read more »


Indonesia’s Tiphone to raise $37.59m in bond sale

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Tiphone Mobile Indonesia (IDX: TELE), a mobile phone manufacturer and distributor, is offering a three-year bonds sale worth Rp500 billion ($37.59 million), the proceeds of which will be used to pay off debts. Tiphone has appointed Bahana Securities as the underwriter for the issuance. The company offers the bond at par… Read more »


Thailand based mobile network operator AIS to boost synergy with TOT

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Advanced Info Service (AIS), a mobile phone network provider in Thailand, plans to boost its partnership with Thai state-owned telecommunication operator TOT PCL, for the mobile and broadband businesses. They plan to sign the agreement in the third quarter of this year, said AIS’s chief executive officer Somchai Lertsutiwong. Currently, there are three main… Read more »


Globe Telecom’s new holding firm Global Capital Venture incorporated in PH

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Globe Telecom Inc reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Philippines has approved the incorporation of its new wholly-owned holding company. Named Globe Capital Venture Holdings Inc, its incorporation came less than three weeks after Globe disclosed the plan to the local stock exchange. Global Capital Venture was… Read more »