Thuraya, Indosat Ooredoo sign MoU to develop new Indonesian services

23 January 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Mobile satellite services operator Thuraya Telecommunications and Indosat Ooredoo have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to transform communications in Indonesia.

The Indonesian mobile operator has taken another step forward on its digital transformation journey by adding satellite connectivity to its business portfolio. The MoU will develop a new range of services by combining Indosat products and services with Thuraya Satellite technology and devices for business customers in Indonesia.  

“We look forward to working with Thuraya to offer communication services beyond terrestrial reach. This will allow businesses, military, and oil and gas companies which operate on sea or on remote locations to stay connected with their central offices, bases and partners,” said Herfini Haryono, Indosat Ooredoo director and chief of wholesale and enterprise.

“It increases the efficiency of their operations, saves life and increases employee satisfaction by keeping in touch with their families. At the same time, the cooperation will expand the reach of our digital services such as unified communications, and provide a truly seamless experience.”

New services will be developed using Indosat SIM cards roaming on the Thuraya network as well as bundling satellite devices with Indosat Ooredoo digital applications. The operators also plan to develop additional use cases for the burgeoning IoT market.

The satellite-powered business applications allow organisations to extend their services beyond terrestrial networks, whenever they have remote connectivity requirements across various extreme environmental conditions.

Bilal Hamoui, chief commercial officer of Thuraya, added: “This is an important step towards an extensive and exciting long term collaboration. Indonesia is a large country covering a vast area, and it needs comprehensive connectivity at all times. Our capabilities are complementary, and we will be able to give end users far greater flexibility than they have now. This agreement delivers reliable communication wherever and whenever it is needed, and we are set to save and improve lives across Indonesia.”