April 20, 2024

Telkom Indonesia and Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison partner to strengthen Indonesia’s Internet infrastructure, ETCIO SEA

PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (Telkom) and PT Indosat Tbk (Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison or Indosat or IOH), two prominent Indonesian telecommunications companies, announced a strategic alliance aimed at strengthening digital infrastructure by establishing an Exchange Interconnected Internet (IX) ecosystem. This collaborative effort was formally initiated with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NeutraDC, a subsidiary of Telkom Indonesia, and BDx Indonesia, a joint venture of BDx Data Centers (BDx), Indosat and Lintasarta, during the Pacific Telecommunications. Council Event (PTC) 2024. The signing ceremony took place in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on Sunday, January 21. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was officially signed by Andreuw Th AF, CEO of NeutraDC, and Mayank Srivastava, CEO of BDx. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Ririek Adriansyah, President Director of Telkom Indonesia, and Vikram Sinha, President Director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison. The signing ceremony was attended by Honesti Basyir, Group Business Development Director of Telkom Indonesia; Bogi Witjaksono, Director of Wholesale and International Services at Telkom Indonesia; Gautam Bhandari, managing partner and chief investment officer, I Squared Capital; and Sujit Panda, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of BDx. Andreuw Th AF, CEO of NeutraDC, enthusiastically stated: “NeutraDC is delighted to forge a powerful collaboration with BDx Indonesia, aimed at elevating Indonesia’s digital infrastructure. As a leading provider in the NeutraDC, the largest neutral ecosystem encompassing AI, CDN, connectivity and cloud services, is set to catalyze the democratization of Internet access across Indonesia’s growing population. This bold initiative is a catalyst to unleash the unlimited potential of Indonesia’s digital economy, paving the way for a transformative takeoff in the regional digital landscape”. Mayank Srivastava, CEO of BDx, stated: “With an expanded portfolio, BDx Indonesia is now the largest provider of carrier-neutral data centers in the country. This collaboration is a big step towards creating the most interconnected digital infrastructure mesh of Indonesia: a vision shared by both BDx Indonesia and NeutraDC.”

Through this strategic partnership, both major telecommunications players agreed to boost their respective data center businesses, with NeutraDC being Telkom Indonesia’s data center unit and BDx Indonesia being Indosat’s data center partner. A massive wave of digital transformation is currently underway and growing demand for data centers in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, is creating opportunities for strategic collaboration. The rapid expansion of the e-commerce sector and the adoption of technology in business processes has also significantly increased the need for reliable data center infrastructure. The joint forces will enhance capabilities and colocation capabilities, ensuring that the interconnected IX ecosystem provides end users the flexibility to consume multiple services on a single port and implement a distributed security architecture.

As part of this collaboration, all parties have identified key focal points of the IX ecosystem, focusing on Tier 3 compliant carrier-neutral locations spread across key cities in Indonesia. NeutraDC and BDx Indonesia will host multiple independent IXs, providing mutual assistance and technical support to create a strong interconnected IX ecosystem, improving the resilience of Internet infrastructure and creating a more agile and efficient national Internet framework.

Telkom, through NeutraDC, has played a vital role in supporting this transformation. NeutraDC currently operates hyperscale data centers in Cikarang and Batam. Beyond hyperscale, NeutraDC also has enterprise data centers spread across multiple locations in Indonesia. Meanwhile, BDx Indonesia has an extensive portfolio of facilities across all major islands, operates multiple enterprise and hyperscale data centers in Jakarta and West Java, and develops a dedicated hyperscale campus in Suryacipta, East Jakarta, together with an entirely new development that supports Artificial Intelligence (AI) workloads.

Affirming a strong mandate, Ririek Adriansyah, President Director of Telkom Indonesia, stated that with Telkom Indonesia’s established presence in Asia Pacific, the company anticipates a significant improvement in the quality of Internet services. This, in turn, is expected to accelerate the democratization of access to information, exerting a positive impact on society at large. Emphasizing TelkomGroup’s unwavering commitment to providing unparalleled services to customers and driving the growth of the digital economy in the region, Ririek stated: “Through strategic collaboration and leveraging our group’s assets, we aim to establish new standards. With the combined expertise of NeutraDC and BDx Indonesia, we are confident in our ability to create innovative and efficient information access solutions, meeting changing needs and propelling the nation towards a dynamic future in the digital economy.”

Vikram Sinha, President Director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, expressed a positive outlook on the collaborative venture, stating: “The overall goal of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison is to connect and empower all Indonesians. By partnering with BDx Indonesia, this transformative collaboration is set to significantly contribute “Strengthen Indonesia’s Internet network infrastructure and accelerate inclusive digitalization across the country. “Guided by the spirit of Gotong Royong, this partnership underscores Indosat’s enduring commitment to unlocking the full potential of Indonesia’s digital economy for the good of society.”

Highlighting the broader impact of this collaboration, Vikram emphasized that both Telkom and Indosat are not only reaffirming their dedication to promoting Indonesia’s digital infrastructure, fostering innovation and driving regional economic growth through improved connectivity, but also are helping to strengthen Indonesia’s position as a formidable global player in the data center space.

  • Published on January 23, 2024 at 05:30 am IST

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