Expanding Network
    Category: E-Gang By : Sonya Angraini Read : 1960 Date : Monday, February 17, 2014 - 01:11:00

    Courtesy of Telkomsigma

    While PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is known as a telecom firm, it also has a subsidiary that is a major player in ICT, PT Telkomsigma. The firm has big plans to become the leading ICT solutions company in the country. For now, though, Telkomsigma is relatively small compared to other ICT companies, in terms of revenue. The company booked around Rp 1 trillion revenue in 2013, an 85% increase from a year before. This year, it targets to double revenue to Rp 2 trillion.

    Telkomsigma is a major player in some areas. For example, it already is the biggest data center provider in Indonesia, with three centers around the country. Data centers are a hot area now, an industry that is growing at 27% a year, far above the already-strong 15% growth in overall tech spending, according to researcher Frost & Sullivan.

    The company is looking to double the number of data centers. Partnering with PT IBM Indonesia, the company will build two data centers in Balikpapan and Cikarang this year in 40,000 sqm and 30,000 sqm plots, respectively. These new centers will be Tier 3 and Tier 4 data centers, which means high-level data centers especially designed for the needs of large corporate clients.

    Next year, Telkomsigma will launch its sixth data center in Batam. “We are going all out on investments on data centers,” says President Director Judi Achmadi, 47, who declined to reveal the amount of investment.

    Telkomsigma launched its first data center in 1998 in Serpong, which also acts as a platform for disaster recovery services and risk management. The second data center is in Surabaya, which serves as a backup for other data centers in Jakarta and the third one is in Sentul.

    The company is also looking to develop its managed services, especially cloud computing. This service is forecast to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 48% from 2010 to 2014, according to Frost & Sullivan. As a Telkom subsidiary, the company also enjoys the benefit of Telkom's large network, which is helpful in managing cloud computing. Judi explains that cloud computing is very costly since it is a complex system, that requires skilled staff, which Telkom can ideally be placed to attract. “We have the network and the system, which is already half the battle,” says Judi. “Now we need skilled human resources, which is the main element for IT development.”

    The business proposition for clients is that ICT expenditures are becoming a utility, and cloud computing can make this cost a predictable monthly outlay. Even so, Judi says that companies are still reluctant to use cloud computing, as they are afraid that their data will leak to their competitors. Corporate clients need to understand the networks are secure, Judi says.