Indonesia’s Telkom targets Middle Eastern expansion
Indonesia’s PT Telkom has renewed plans to extend its overseas MVNO presence into the Middle East to capitalise on the number of ex-pats living in and travelling to the region. The incumbent plans to strike mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreements with local telcos via its international subsidiary Telin, CEO Arief Yaha told the Jakarta Post. Saudi Arabia will be a key market for Telkom, since there are 1 million Indonesians living there and a further 1 million that made the pilgrimage to Mecca last year alone, the paper said. Last year Telin signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabian conglomerate the Al-Lama group, which has property, hotel, construction and telecoms businesses across the Middle East and Africa. However, an MVNO has yet to emerge from the deal.