Indonesian state group aims to control 60 percent of East Timor’s mobile phone market

24 January 2013

The state group PT Telekominkasi Indonesia (Telkom) aims to control 60 percent of East Timor’s mobile phone market within five years via its recently founded subsidiary Telekomikasi Indonesia International (Telin), reports the Jakarta Post newspaper.

Telin, which plans to commercialise mobile phone services with the Telkomcel brand, will apply US$50 million to build the necessary operative infrastructure, group president Arief Yahya said at the opening of the group’s offices in the East Timorese capital Dili.

Some 30 transmission stations have already been installed in Dili, Arief Yahya said, adding that 80 more stations would be in place by the end of April, covering 95 percent of East Timor’s territory.

The Telkom president specified that Telin would be able to attract customers from the competition due to the competitive advantage of being able to link East Timor’s network with the one in the western half of Timor Island (in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara) and other Indonesian networks.

The East Timorese government awarded the first new telecoms licences to Digicel Pacific Limited (Digicel) and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin) in the summer of 2012.

PT Gapura Caraka Kencana of Indonesia and Viettel Global Investment Joint Stock Company of Vietnam were not granted licences in that tender. (macauhub)