AT&T secures license to directly target MNCs in Indonesia

AT&T (NYSE: T) has added another weapon in its international business holster with a new Multimedia Services Operator (MSO) license in Indonesia. With a forecast GDP growth rate of 6.4 percent, Indonesia offers a number of opportunities for multinational corporations (MNCs) looking for new opportunities of international growth.

Developed through joint venture with AT&T Global Network Services Indonesia (AT&T Indonesia), the new initiative was made possible by the Indonesian government's policy that permits foreign companies like AT&T to own up to 95 percent stake of communications services in their country.

While AT&T had already been offering VPN and other data services like Ethernet to MNCs that have Indonesia locations through third-party relationships with other local Indonesian service providers, the new license will enable AT&T Indonesia to provide these services directly to business customers.

"Many of our key multinational customers have told us they need to be in Indonesia, and while AT&T has been operating a successful business here, the new license will allow us to deliver an array of new services and make it much easier for us to do business with multinational customers," said Choo Hock Lye, general manager of AT&T ASEAN in a release.

With the new license in hand, AT&T said it will be able to not only improve customer experience with simpler contracting and billing arrangements, but also expand its service portfolio and shorten product and services development time.

Among the several new services AT&T Indonesia will offer will be managed LAN, managed IP and managed application services.

Providing services to MNCs has been a continual area of growth for AT&T. In recent quarters, AT&T has won a number of large customer wins in Europe, but recently allocated $1 billion to expand cloud, mobile and network services both in the U.S. and internationally.

For more:
- see the release
- Reuters has this article

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