Sunday, December 3, 2023

Telkom expands digital business to develop ASEAN connectivity

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Mahinda Arkyasa




Telkom, being a leading digital telecommunications company with connectivity covering over 98% of Indonesia’s population, seized the ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum (AIPF) opportunity to support connectivity expansion plans.

The ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum (AIPF) was successfully held in Jakarta on September 5-6, 2023, with great enthusiasm. During this event, PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (Telkom) showcased its investment focus in three main areas: connectivity, platforms, and digital services.

Furthermore, Indonesia is recognized as one of the largest data center markets in ASEAN, with a considerable demand potential. Understanding this and the current market situation, which is still relatively undersupplied, Telkom continues to strengthen its capabilities in the digital platform sector.

Telkom’s hyperscale data center

In addition, Telkom is currently establishing a Hyperscale Data Center in Batam as part of its digitalization roadmap, optimizing strategic partnerships with global and regional players in the ASEAN region.

The Hyperscale Data Center in Batam will be developed on a 5-hectare plot of land with an IT Load capacity of up to 51 megawatts. This project is a collaboration with Singtel and carries an investment value of $581 million USD.

Positive impact of economy and social inclusivity in ASEAN

Rosan Roeslani, Deputy Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN), highlighted the growth and digital financial revolution’s positive impact on the economy and social inclusivity in ASEAN countries.

He expressed hope that discussions in the AIPF would yield solutions to the financial inclusivity challenges faced in the region, thereby ensuring stability and prosperity in ASEAN.

In line with this sentiment, Muhamad Fajrin Rasyid, Director of Digital Business at Telkom, pointed out that ASEAN faces unique challenges due to its geographic and demographic diversity, as well as variations in talent readiness, technology, and infrastructure.

Nevertheless, the ASEAN market holds immense potential with its continuous growth in digital adoption and the digital economy.

AIPF crucial role

Fajrin emphasized the key role of partnerships and collaboration, stating that AIPF plays a crucial role in uniting the public and private sectors, as well as global and regional players, to build sustainable and relevant strategic partnerships for ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific region.

He made these remarks during a panel discussion on Connecting the Connectivity Plans in Asia and Beyond, alongside Anand Stanley (President of Airbus Asia-Pacific), Michaela Browning (VP of Government Affairs & Public Policy Google Asia-Pacific), and René Piil Pedersen (Managing Director A.P. Moller Singapore Pte Ltd/Maersk).

Fajrin also added that Telkom is aggressively focusing on building its digital business in three main areas: digital connectivity, digital platforms, and digital services, through its Five Bold Moves transformation strategy. This strategy aims to strengthen Telkom’s position as a world-class digital telecommunications company with a long-term goal of creating higher value.

Mahinda Arkyasa






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