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Indosat and BDx Indonesia join forces to empower digital evolution
Wed, 10th Jan 2024

In a critical move towards Indonesia's digital evolution, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (Indosat or IOH) in collaboration with BDx Indonesia, a joint venture of Indosat, BDx Data Centers (BDx), and Lintasarta, has agreed to procure a portfolio of carrier-neutral colocation and edge sites.

This will take place in cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Batam, Medan, Makassar, Bandung, and Semarang, inclusive of ten strategic sites connected to six domestic and five international subsea cables.

Three prominent Indonesian banks, BCA, Bank Permata, and Bank Bukopin are furnishing debt to BDx Indonesia to optimise its capital structure and fortify its swift growth trajectory, the company shared in a statement.

This IDR 2,625 billion engagement further amplifies the partnership that was initially formed between Indosat and BDx in 2022, establishing their shared objective of forming Indonesia’s foremost data centre operation to buttress the Government's Digital Roadmap and digital infrastructure intentions.

This acquisition will substantively augment the interconnected ecosystem currently under development by BDx Indonesia. The robust network across BDx Indonesia's data centres will enable interconnection between businesses and multiple cloud providers, rendering support for extensive digital enablement across Indonesia.

This crucial move is anticipated to quicken the pace of hybrid digital transformations and significantly amplify the digital experience of enterprises, technology firms, and internet users.

Already, BDx Indonesia has significantly expanded and upgraded the four data centres in Jakarta and West Java that were transferred in 2022. Interestingly, one of these sites is ready for high-density artificial intelligence workloads powered by green hydropower and equipped with sustainable liquid cooling technology.

Post-acquisition, BDx Indonesia will possess an IT capacity of over 150MW in Indonesia across ten operating carrier-neutral colocation facilities in all major cities, a novel 15MW facility near Jakarta and carrier-neutral edge sites in all primary Indonesian islands.

Reiterating the deeper engagement in the digital infrastructure of Indonesia, BDx Indonesia aims to generate meaningful employment opportunities, offer education initiatives to local communities and drive the digital economy, particularly in remote areas in response to customer needs.

Vikram Sinha, President Director and Chief Executive Officer of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, stated: “We're honoured to play a role in shaping Indonesia's digital future through this impactful collaboration."

"This transaction underscores our dedication to building a sustainable business and propelling Indosat's evolution from Telco to TechCo. Collaborating with BDx Indonesia not only enhances our customer service but also reinforces our commitment to connecting and empowering every Indonesian.”

Along similar lines, Mayank Srivastava, Chief Executive Officer of BDx, remarked: “This acquisition is a testament to BDx Indonesia’s commitment to the country’s digital future. It is also an endorsement of the technical and operational capabilities of BDx that provided the confidence to our partner to sell their entire portfolio of data centre and edge sites to us."

"We are the foremost carrier-neutral data centre provider in the country and, with the expanded portfolio, are set to emerge as Indonesia’s preferred partner for digitalisation.”

At core of the collaboration lies Indosat’s larger purpose of connecting and empowering every Indonesian. As catalysts for digital economic growth, Indosat and BDx Indonesia state they are focused on bringing together their collective proficiency to achieve sustainable and innovative solutions beyond traditional telecom services, and set new industry benchmarks in the nation’s digital transformation.