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In Indonesia five telcos decide to merge and that is really good news

The investment required to serve Asia's third-biggest population spread across 6,000 inhabited islands - out of a total of at least 17,000 isles and atolls - is already large

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There’s a lesson to be learned from India, where the three top operators’ combined debt burden is more than twice as high as Indonesia’s.

Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg
“It’s time for us to work from home, learn from home, worship at home,” Indonesia’s president announced in the early days of the pandemic in March. What Joko Widodo couldn’t have known back then was how social distancing would bring rivals in the country’s competitive telecommunications industry closer together. Credit for consolidation must go where it’s due: to the sprawling geography of the world’s largest archipelago.

The investment required to serve Asia’s third-biggest population spread across 6,000 inhabited islands — out of a total of at least 17,000 isles and atolls — is already large. But with 197 million Internet users

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First Published: Dec 23 2020 | 10:48 AM IST

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