State-owned PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom Indonesia) is mulling plans to expand its international presence this year, and is targeting the Middle East, and in particular Saudi Arabia, as it looks to capitalise on the large numbers of ex-pats living and travelling to the region. The Jakarta Post quotes Telkom president Arief Yahya as saying that his company is looking to partner with local mobile network operators (MNOs) in the Middle East and operate as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) through its international subsidiary PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin). With around one million Indonesians working in Saudi Arabia alone, he said: ‘Our principle is that we will always follow the money, the people, the traffic and the network. So, we aim to get to any potential places that we’re not in yet’.
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