Indosat and StarHub in joint Internet service


  • Business
  • Thursday, 08 Jul 2004

JAKARTA: Mobile phone operators PT Indonesian Satellite Corp (Indosat) and StarHub said they have launched a joint service to improve internet connectivity between companies on Indonesia's industrial island of Batam and Singapore.  

Called the Internet protocol virtual private network (IP-VPN), the service provides customers with high quality and secure Internet connectivity, the two companies said in a joint statement. 

“We are offering (the) IP-VPN service as it is one of the best alternatives that meet the data communication needs of customers in Batam,” said Indosat fixed telecommunications and MIDI (multimedia, data communications and internet) Director Wahyu Wijayadi. It said the service targets companies in the manufacturing and hospitality sectors in Batam where many Singapore companies have set up their production base. 

Aside from the IP-VPN service, Indosat and StarHub have also announced the launch of joint roaming general packet radio services (GPRS). 

GPRS offers faster connections than the existing cellular infrastructure under GSM, allowing users to, among other things, browse the Internet. 

Under Indosat and StarHub's joint service, cellular subscribers from each operator can read e-mails and access the Internet while roaming on the other operator's network, the statement said. – AFX-Asia 

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