Indonesia motorcycle taxi GO-JEK, Telkomsel, Tiphone tie up to launch GO-pulsa

Chief Executive of GO-JEK Nadiem Makarim (middle), Sales Director of Telkomsel Mas'ud Khamid (right) and CEO of Tiphone Lily Salim (left) - Photo by Vincencia NLS

Indonesia’s ride hailing mobile application GO-JEK Indonesia has signed partnership agreement with the largest cellular operator Telkomsel, unit of state own telecommunication provider PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (TLKM) and voucher distributor PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia Tbk (TELE) to launch Go-Pulsa, that will be available to customers from the second quarter of 2016.

At the signing ceremony on Monday (Feb 15), chief executive of GO-JEK Nadiem Makarim explained that the drivers could get benefit from the cooperation and become re-sellers of Telkomsel’s voucher through Tiphone service to their customer.

Tiphone is a subsidiary of Telkom, which produces and distributes mobile phone handsets.

“This is exciting for Go-Jek because Telkomsel has inspired us. It has grown from a local player into a global enterprise. The cooperation with Telkomsel and Tiphone would benefit us and our drivers. The cooperation is powerful and beneficial for Go-Jek,” said Makarim, who is also the founder of Go-Jek.

He declined to provide details of the investment plan for GO-JEK for this year adding:, ”I can not comment on that but you know fund raising is contesting. Soon we will announce whether to launch fundraising or not.”

According to sales director of Telkomsel Mas’ud Khamid, the agreement was a new milestone for the company and would help them improve the quality service.

He estimates, with total size 300,000 passengers a day, Telkomsel and Tiphone could raise Rp150 billion per month (with assumption every customer buys Rp 50,000 each).

In one year, GO-JEK has introduced several an on-demand delivery services. ”Technology will do more in this country in the next five years. The  government is also expected to help in what benefit the entire community. That is what we expect to happen in the future,” he said.

Previously GO-JEK has signed an agreement with state-own energy firm PT Pertamina, in which GO-JEK provides delivery service for fuel, gas and automotive lubricants.

GO-JEK has also signed partnership agreement with Korea-based messaging application Line, which will allow Line users to order Gojek service.

GO-JEK’s growing popularity is built on the app’s capability to hail motorcycle taxis for commuting as well as acting as a courier or picking up food or groceries. Neither party has indicated when the service will be available.

GO-JEK is an established presence in the Greater Jakarta area, where it uses thousands of “Ojekdrivers” (motorcycle taxis) to deliver parcels, shopping and food.

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