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Attention Netflix fans: Telkomsel boss considers unblocking streaming platform

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 28, 2019   /   11:44 am
Attention Netflix fans: Telkomsel boss considers unblocking streaming platform The Netflix logo is seen on their office in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, the US, on July 16, 2018. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Mobile operator Telkomsel president director Emma Sri Martini has said she would consider removing the operator’s block on US-based streaming service Netflix, due to high demand from customers.

“The block on Netflix is under consideration, it’s still being blocked because of concerns about regulation,” she said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com. “There is a lot of demand. There are 4 million [Telkomsel] users who want to access [Netflix] every month.”

Emma, who was appointed to the position in May, said the content on Netflix was not yet fully in line with Indonesian regulations.

“We have [regulations] on pornography and SARA [tribal affiliations, religion, race and societal groups],” she said. “Meanwhile, [Netflix] uses United States regulations as a point of reference, which are much more open.”

Since 2016, Netflix has been blocked by internet service providers that are part of the state-owned Telkom group, including Telkomsel, IndiHome and Wifi.id.

Emma declined to say with certainty whether Telkomsel would continue to block the site or not. (kmt)