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Jakarta Post

Telkomsel, Skype forge unlikely partnership

  • Andi Haswidi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 27 2011   /  08:51 am

Taking a lesson from the expansion of BlackBerry services in Indonesia, PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) is trying to outmaneuver other mobile phone carriers in the country by forging a strategic partnership with Skype, the market leader in Internet-based telecommunication services.

Under the deal, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, Telkomsel will bundle exclusive access to Skype applications along with data services for smartphone customers using a variety of operating systems, including Android, BlackBerry OS, Symbian and soon J2ME.

Observers previously deemed such a partnership unlikely as Skype provides free peer-to-peer video, voice and text message services, while Telkomsel offers fee-based services.

Telkomsel planning and development chief Herfini Haryono said competition has forced cellular phone carriers to be more inclusive by allowing customers ...