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Singtel and its Indonesian partner Telkom, the parent company of Singtel's regional associate Telkomsel, have signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) which was witnessed by Indonesia’s minister of state-owned enterprises Erick Thohir and vice minister of state-owned enterprises Kartika Wirjoatmodjo. The first of the two MOUs covers collaboration in the area of data centres, which marks a significant step in advancing Singtel's regional data centre strategy. The second MOU involves a collaboration to support Telkomsel’s transformation into Indonesia’s leading consumer fixed broadband and mobile operator through a fixed mobile convergence strategy with Telkom.

Expansion of regional data centre footprint to Indonesia

To capture growth opportunities arising from the unprecedented digitalisation and cloud adoption in ASEAN, Singtel has focused on establishing a data centre platform that will work with partners to build and acquire data centres in the region. ASEAN has been experiencing robust data centre growth and the Singapore and Indonesia markets are projected to more than double in size, accounting for over 60% of regional growth by 2025.

As strategic partners for over two decades, this move into data centres expands on the close collaboration between Singtel and Telkom to build out Indonesia’s mobile communications and digital infrastructure.

Singtel Group CEO Yuen Kuan Moon said, “As businesses rapidly digitalise, and with the growing adoption of IoT, artificial intelligence and 5G across the region, demand for high-quality data centres is on the rise. This partnership with Telkom is an important step for our data centre strategy, bringing together the prime assets, expertise and networks of two market leaders in data centre operations in Indonesia and Singapore. As the largest digital economy in ASEAN, Indonesia is a strategic data centre market which expands our platform’s footprint to cover the three fastest-growing locations in the region – Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. The platform will support the digital transformation needs of customers wanting to deploy into Indonesia, and Indonesian businesses looking to grow beyond the country. We look forward to deepening our longstanding collaboration with Telkom to capitalise on the favourable trends and tremendous market opportunity.”

Telkom CEO Ririek Adriansyah said, “Telkom Group is currently consolidating our data centre business to answer the challenges of digital transformation. The regional data centre platform is a continuation of this data centre consolidation strategy and demonstrates our commitment to respond to customer needs and capture opportunities that will pave the way for our company to become a data centre player on a global level. These efforts require strategic partnerships with operators who have proven capabilities and track records. With its strengths and experience, Singtel is one of the strategic partners for Telkom in developing this regional data centre business."

Singtel is a leading operator of data centres in Singapore and has carved out its top-tier data centres, DC West and Kim Chuan 2, into a separate Singtel-owned entity with approximately 60 MW of capacity. In addition to securing a site in Tuas for a new integrated cable landing and data centre facility which will be ready in three to four years and add 30-40 MW in capacity, Singtel will continue to explore adding further capacity.

An experienced data centre operator, Telkom has an existing data centre portfolio of 27 data centres in Indonesia and the region. It is also building a hyperscale data centre with 75 MW capacity to serve local and foreign companies and hyperscalers. Selected data centre assets from Telkom will be placed in the data centre platform. The companies will also collaborate on development opportunities and explore bringing third-party investors or partners into the platform.

Besides Indonesia, Singtel has set its sights on the Thai data centre market. In February, Singtel signed a joint development agreement with Gulf Energy and Singtel's regional associate AIS to start developing data centres in Thailand, and the new joint venture will be launched soon.

Fixed mobile convergence strategy

Singtel and Telkom will also jointly explore a fixed mobile convergence strategy for Telkomsel which will see an integration of its mobile business with Telkom’s consumer fixed broadband business. By combining the strengths of the two companies, Telkomsel will be able to enjoy significant synergies and enhance its leading position in the market with converged solutions that will give customers the best digital experience. This strategy will strengthen customer value proposition, in turn increasing customer lifetime value and household penetration.

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