As a leading digital telecommunications company, PT Telkom Indonesia continues to aggressively improve its competence and capabilities in the digital business. Telkom consistently focuses on developing three digital business domains, namely digital connectivity, platforms and services. In addition, it continuously develops its digital capabilities through three strategies, namely build (building its own capacity), borrow (establishing strategic partnerships with tech giants/global partners), and buy (through selective investment). Several of Telkom’s investment initiatives in the digital business have shown good performance, reflected in the positive valuation the company has received, both in terms of synergy value and capital gains, which have contributed to the increase in the Company’s revenue.
Talking about establishing partnerships with strategic partners, for the Southeast Asia region, state-owned enterprises have several ongoing projects with neighboring countries with a total value of more than USD 1 billion. Singapore is listed as an ASEAN country that has a lot of cooperation with Indonesia in various sectors.
For the telecommunications sector, TelkomGroup is open to all partnership opportunities that can support the company’s business sustainability. One of them is with Singtel, the largest telecommunications company in Singapore which is also a shareholder of Telkomsel, apart from the TelkomGroup.
In the implementation of the Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) initiative, TelkomGroup together with Telkomsel and Singtel collaborated to support the realization of IndiHome integration with Telkom which has a positive impact on increasing digital inclusion through providing wider and more equitable connectivity in the midst of Indonesian society. With the completion of the IndiHome integration process, Telkom’s effective ownership in Telkomsel rose to 69.9%, while Singtel in Telkomsel became 30.1%.
This corporate strategic step is also part of efforts to strengthen Telkom’s roadmap to become the leader in the B2B (business-to-business) market with a focus on providing digitalization services to the corporate and institutional market niches, while Telkomsel will focus on the B2C (business-to-business) market. to-customer).
Indonesia’s partnership with Singapore through Singtel is also recorded in the construction of a Hyperscale Data Center in Batam. This is in line with the growth in demand for data center services up to 2030 from the Enterprise, Digital Native Business and Cloud Service Provider segments which are estimated to be very exponential in both the domestic and regional markets in line with the increasing need for content access.
The project which is targeted to reach 51 Mega Watt by 2031 is a collaboration between Telkom through its subsidiary NeutraDC, together with Singtel and Medco Power. The USD 581 million project with a target of starting operations in the first quarter of 2025 will be able to attract companies that previously put their data in Singapore to Batam, Indonesia. Meanwhile, Telkom holds 60% ownership in the data center.
Telkom through its subsidiary Telin also establishes strategic cooperation through several initiatives. Telin is deploying a new Sea Cable Communication System (SKKL) with the Bifrost consortium by collaborating with Meta/Facebook and Keppel. The existence of the SKKL Bifrost development is strategic, because it will function to strengthen the 2nd Gateway International Manado. Telin also re-joined the Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 6 (SEA-ME-WE 6) international sea cable communication system consortium in March 2022. Telkom’s joining in SEA-ME-WE 6 has been officially carried out since the end of February, in line with the construction of a 19,200 km underwater cable system that connects several countries between Southeast Asia and Europe. This is the second time Telkom through Telin has joined the consortium, after first being involved in 2014.
Not only that, in September 2022, Telin announced a strategic partnership with Expereo as a provider of Global Managed Services specializing in intelligent internet connectivity services, some time ago. This partnership will significantly enhance Telin’s Software Defined-Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) solution, enabling comprehensive global reach for customers in more than 195 countries. With the addition of Expereo’s extensive global network, Telin is now able to offer SD-WAN services to a wider share of customers worldwide, while further strengthening its position as a global player in the telecommunications industry.