Telkom Indonesia and Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison Empower Indonesia Through Strategic Partnership Between NeutraDC and BDx Indonesia

• Game-changing partnership will act as a catalyst to ignite Indonesia’s digital economy.
• MoU signed at the prestigious Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Honolulu, Hawaii – PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (Telkom) and PT Indosat Tbk (Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison or Indosat or IOH), two prominent telecommunications firms in Indonesia, disclosed a strategic alliance aimed at fortifying digital infrastructure through the establishment of an interconnected Internet Exchange (IX) ecosystem. This collaborative effort was formally initiated with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NeutraDC, a subsidiary of Telkom Indonesia, and BDx Indonesia, a joint venture of BDx Data Centers (BDx), Indosat, and Lintasarta, during the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) 2024 event. The signing ceremony occurred in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on Sunday, January 21st.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was officially signed by Andreuw Th A F, CEO of NeutraDC (right), and Mayank Srivastava, CEO of BDx (left). The signing ceremony was witnessed by Ririek Adriansyah, President Director of Telkom Indonesia, and Vikram Sinha, President Director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison. In attendance at the signing ceremony were Honesti Basyir, Director of Group Business Development of Telkom Indonesia; Bogi Witjaksono, Director of Wholesale & International Service of Telkom Indonesia; Gautam Bhandari, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of I Squared Capital; and Sujit Panda, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of BDx.

Andreuw Th A F, CEO of NeutraDC, enthusiastically declared: “NeutraDC is thrilled to forge a powerful collaboration with BDx Indonesia, aimed at elevating Indonesia’s digital infrastructure. As the foremost provider in the largest neutral ecosystem encompassing AI, CDN, connectivity, and cloud services, NeutraDC is poised to catalyze the democratization of internet access across Indonesia’s expansive population. This bold initiative is a catalyst for unleashing the boundless potential of Indonesia’s digital economy, paving the way for a transformative takeoff in the regional digital landscape.”

Mayank Srivastava, CEO of BDx, stated: “With an expanded portfolio, BDx Indonesia is now the largest carrier-neutral data center provider in the country. This collaboration is a very big step towards creating the most interconnected Digital Infrastructure Mesh for Indonesia – a vision shared by both BDx Indonesia and NeutraDC.”

Through this strategic partnership, both major telecommunications players agreed to empower their respective data center businesses, with NeutraDC being the data center unit of Telkom Indonesia and BDx Indonesia is the data center partner of Indosat. Currently, a massive wave of digital transformation is underway and the increasing demand for data centers in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, is creating strategic collaboration opportunities. The rapid expansion in the e-commerce sector and the adoption of technology in business processes have also significantly boosted the need for reliable data center infrastructure. The joint forces will enhance capabilities and colocation capacities, ensuring the interconnected IX ecosystem provides end-users with the flexibility of consuming multiple services over a single port and deploy a distributed security architecture.

As part of this collaboration, all parties have identified key focal points of the IX ecosystem, focusing on Tier 3 compliant, carrier-neutral locations distributed across key cities in Indonesia. NeutraDC and BDx Indonesia will host multiple, independent IXs, providing mutual assistance and technical support to create a robust interconnected IX ecosystem, enhancing the resilience of the Internet infrastructure and creating a more streamlined and efficient national internet framework.

Telkom, through NeutraDC, has played a vital role in supporting this transformation. NeutraDC currently operates hyperscale data centers in Cikarang and Batam. Beyond hyperscale, NeutraDC also has enterprise data centers scattered at various locations across Indonesia. Meanwhile, BDx Indonesia has an extensive portfolio of facilities across all the main islands, operating multiple enterprise and hyperscale data centers in Jakarta and West Java, and developing a dedicated hyperscale campus at Suryacipta, East Jakarta, along with a greenfield development supporting Artificial Intelligence (AI) workloads.

Ririek Adriansyah, President Director of Telkom Indonesia, asserted a robust mandate, stating that with Telkom Indonesia’s established presence in the Asia Pacific, the company anticipates a significant enhancement in the quality of internet services. This, in turn, is expected to expedite the democratization of information access, exerting a positive impact on society at large. Emphasizing TelkomGroup’s unwavering commitment to delivering unparalleled services to customers and propelling digital economy growth in the region, Ririek declared, “Through strategic collaboration and leveraging our group assets, we aim to set new standards. With the combined expertise of NeutraDC and BDx Indonesia, we are confident in our ability to craft innovative and efficient information access solutions, meeting evolving needs and propelling the nation toward a dynamic future in the digital economy.”

Vikram Sinha, President Director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, expressed a positive outlook on the collaborative venture, affirming, “Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison’s overarching goal is to connect and empower every Indonesian. In partnering with BDx Indonesia, this transformative collaboration is poised to significantly fortify Indonesia’s internet network infrastructure and expedite inclusive digitalization across the nation. Guided by the spirit of gotong royong, this partnership underscores Indosat’s enduring commitment to unlocking the full potential of Indonesia’s digital economy for the greater good of society.”

Highlighting the broader impact of this collaboration, Vikram emphasized that both Telkom and Indosat are not only reaffirming their dedication to advancing Indonesia’s digital infrastructure, fostering innovation, and driving regional economic growth through enhanced connectivity, but are also contributing to bolstering Indonesia’s standing as a formidable global player in the data center arena.

President Director of Telkom Indonesia, Ririek Adriansyah (second from left), with President Director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, Vikram Sinha (third from right), witnessed the strategic MoU signing ceremony at the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) 2024, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, on Sunday (21/01) between Telkom Indonesia’s subsidiary, NeutraDC, and BDx Indonesia, the joint venture of BDx Data Centers (BDx), Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, and Lintasarta, to strengthen digital infrastructure by establishing an interconnected Internet Exchange (IX) ecosystem.

About Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison
Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (Indosat, IDX: ISAT) aspires to be the foremost choice for digital telecommunications in Indonesia. Alongside its subsidiaries and affiliates, Indosat offers a comprehensive range of services, including cellular services, ICT solutions, data centers, Fiber to the Home (FTTH), electronic payment services, financial services, and various digital solutions. With a broader mission of empowering Indonesia, Indosat is driven by the collaborative spirit of Gotong Royong, aiming to play a pivotal role in realizing positive transformations and meaningful change. For more information, visit https://ioh.co.id/.

About BDx Data Centers
BDx Data Centers is a leading colocation, build-to-suit, managed services, and interconnection solutions provider that serves enterprises and hyperscalers across fast-growing markets in Asia. Led by a globally recognized team, BDx Data Centers operates ultra-modern and edge facilities across the region for customers to accelerate their digitalization initiatives. BDx Data Centers goes beyond providing highly efficient space and power, and delivers advanced, tailor-made services, designed with renewable resources. As Asia surges ahead in its digital journey, BDx Data Centers remains a steadfast partner, lighting the way with secure, scalable, and sustainable data solutions. BDx Data Centers is a portfolio company of I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager focusing on digital infrastructure, energy, utilities, and transport investments across the globe. For more information, visit https://bdxworld.com.

About Telkom Indonesia
Telkom Indonesia is Indonesia’s state-owned digital telecommunications company that focuses on three business domains: Digital Connectivity, including fiber to the x (FTTx), 5G, software-defined networking (SDN)/network functions virtualization (NFV) / satellites; Digital Platform, including data centers, cloud, the internet of things (IoT), big data / AI, cybersecurity; and Digital Services for consumers, enterprises, and its wholesale business. Telkom Indonesia strives to strengthen its leadership position in digital connectivity, develop digital talent to accelerate the growth of digital platforms, foster innovation in digital services, and deliver greater value to businesses through its portfolio optimization efforts and agile implementation capabilities. For further information, visit https://telkom.co.id.

About NeutraDC
NeutraDC, an esteemed brand under PT Telkom Data Ekosistem and a subsidiary of Telkom Indonesia, stands as a pivotal access point for international corporations aiming to penetrate Indonesia’s thriving digital economy. The company boasts an expansive network of 29 data centers, inclusive of both global and enterprise-grade centers, and features a prestigious Hyperscale Data Center in Jakarta, accredited with Uptime Tier III & Tier IV certifications. This network guarantees uninterrupted connectivity both locally and internationally. NeutraDC’s strategic deployment includes 19 neuCentrIX edge data centers across Indonesia, along with additional global facilities in Singapore. This geographical spread, coupled with a deep understanding of local culture, enables NeutraDC to craft bespoke solutions catering to the needs of over 171 million digital consumers and various businesses. A notable highlight of NeutraDC is its readiness for AI integration and a steadfast commitment to environmentally responsible practices in data center operations. Discover more at www.neutradc.com.