MOU marks the latest in the string of collaborative initiatives between both operators since 2003


Singapore, 31 March 2005 – StarHub, Singapore’s integrated info-communications provider, and Indosat, Indonesia’s leading telecommunication and information provider, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a bid to provide enhanced mobile services for frequent travellers between Singapore and Indonesia.


This alliance is underpinned by the operators’ joint intent to fully explore business opportunities that serve to expand each other’s respective markets, operational synergies, and generally enhance each operator’s competitive positioning in their respective markets.


The StarHub-Indosat alliance would include special pre-paid and postpaid roaming arrangements for frequent travellers between Singapore and Indonesia.  Other initiatives being discussed cover joint procurement, product development and unified marketing programmes. 


This collaboration marks the latest in the string of partnerships between StarHub and Indosat.  In December 2004, StarHub had provided Indosat with technological expertise in accelerating the availability of BlackBerry services in Indonesia.


Prior to that, StarHub and Indosat jointly launched a Batam-Singapore IP-VPN Service in July 2004.  The Indosat-StarHub IP-VPN service provides a cost-effective, scaleable and multi-point connectivity for companies that need higher quality connections to meet the exponential growth expected in data telecommunication services between these two markets.


In June 2003, both companies launched its maiden project, a direct International Private Leased Circuits (IPLC) link between Singapore, Batam and Bintan.  Targeted at the manufacturing and hospitality sectors, this service provides high speed Internet access, business data exchange, video-conferencing and other forms of telecommunication services for over 100 companies.  In April 2003, StarHub had also sealed an agreement with Indosat-owned Satelindo for connectivity between StarHub’s Global IP Transit Services and Satelindo’s satellite network.


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