Thu, 16 Nov 2006
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian mobile phone service provider PT Telkomsel, a subsidiary of state-owned telecom firm Telkom, expects to gain seven million new customers next year, the company president said Tuesday.

"Industry-wide, there would be about 10 to 15 million new cellular phone subscribers next year. We expect to get seven million of that (number)," Telkomsel president, Kiskenda Suriahardja, told XFN-Asia.

Telkomsel, 35 percent owned by Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, is Indonesia's largest mobile service provider with more than 50 percent of the domestic market.

Suriahardja said that the firm aimed "to raise its total subscriber base to 41 million from a projected 34 million by the end of this year."

In September, Telkomsel pioneered the country's third generation (3G) cellular services.

The company plans to invest about 3.0 trillion rupiah (326 million dollars) within three years as it expands its 3G coverage across the archipelago nation. (*)



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