Telkom, Indosat ready to go head-to-head on mobile TV

4 Aug 2009

Indonesia’s number one and number two telecoms operators by subscribers and revenues, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) and PT Indosat, are poised to go head-to-head in the mobile digital TV market, the Jakarta Globe reports. The new broadcast service was unveiled yesterday and will initially be available on a trial basis in parts of the capital, the paper says. The Communication and Information Technology Ministry’s director general of mobile and digital communications, Fredy Tulung, says the government has issued two interim mobile digital TV licences. ‘These are for the Tren Mobile TV consortium and the Telkom consortium,’ Fredy said. The former is a venture set up by MNC group, RCTI, TPI, Globaltv, and Indovision — all of which are subsidiaries of media entrepreneur Hari Tanoesuibyo’s company, PT Global Mediacom — with Indosat as its strategic partner. Meanwhile, Telkom’s mobile subsidiary PT Telkomsel, and its pay-TV operator Telkomvision will be offering eight channels, including CNN and National Geographic, as part of the trial.

Noting the arrival of mobile digital TV in Indonesia, Fredy said that by mid-August, people inGreater Jakarta should also have access to mobile digital TV provided by Tren. Telkom has invested USD1 million to get mobile TV to the trial stage, and in order to cover the Greater Jakarta area and roll out commercial services in the first half of next year, Telkom intends to invest between USD6 million and USD7 million on infrastructure and equipment.