The Jakarta Post
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 ...