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Telkomsel To Improve Rural Connectivity

January 2009 | Company News Alert

The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has awarded two contracts for rural telecoms services to mobile market leader Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel). The contracts, worth a total of IDR534bn (US$48mn), aim to expand telecoms services in the provinces of Java and Sumatra, the two largest in the country. Previous rural tenders have sought to expand services across the country, where the problems of deploying fixed telephony infrastructure has hampered the growth of telecoms services. However, a number of wireless technologies mean that this problem can be overcome, helping to narrow the divide between rural and urban areas.

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