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Telkom Indonesia sets out on steep road as 'telco-tech hybrid'

State company lifts Netflix ban, expands broadband to reverse slow growth

Telkom Indonesia has begun a quest for new sources of growth as mobile subscriptions are saturating in the country.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's state-owned telecoms operator Telekomunikasi Indonesia, better known locally as Telkom, has begun a quest for new sources of growth, as intensifying competition in a saturated mobile phone market erodes the company's revenue and local dominance.

Part of this includes its recent decision to lift its block on content from U.S. streaming service Netflix across its platforms. "Telkom appreciates Netflix's changing approaches in the Indonesian market, thereby allowing Telkom Group subscribers to access a variety of entertainment content," Arif Prabowo, Telkom's vice president for corporate communications, said in a statement on July 7.

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