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BANDUNG, Indonesia and TOKYO, Japan - October 15, 2015 - PT Telkomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk ("Telkom Indonesia") - a leading telecommunications, information, media, edutainment, and services company in the Republic of Indonesia - and Sony Corporation ("Sony") - a leading manufacturer of electronics, information technology products and component devices - today announced that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and will partner to develop an "NFC common platform" based on Sony's FeliCa technology, targeted at the Indonesian market. The two companies will also collaborate in order to promote the platform and encourage its adoption across a variety of industries in Indonesia.
Telkom Indonesia and Sony share a vision for smartcard systems, whose introduction they see as making people's daily lives considerably easier and smarter. With smartcards, customers will be able to use their cards, mobile phones and devices of other shapes and sizes at various locales, such as public transport stations, retail locations, and schools.
The two companies have thus agreed to collaborate on the development of the NFC common platform, which will serve as a secure all-in-one solution platform for service providers. It will realize greater convenience across various applications, including electronic prepaid transactions, security access, and loyalty rewards services.
"Telkom's cooperation with Sony -a leading manufacturer of electronics information technology products and key devices Including FeliCa- is expected to increase the use of NFC technologies base in Indonesia," said Indra Utoyo, Innovation and Strategic Portfolio Director of Telkom Indonesia.
Indra Utoyo added, "Telkom has experienced and understands the market conditions in Indonesia, therefore I am optimistic through this MoU both companies can further enhance the cooperation developing FeliCa service both for the consumer and professional segments."
"We are very pleased to have come to this agreement with Telkom Indonesia - a powerful and influential solutions company in Indonesia," said Mr. Kazuyuki Sakamoto, Senior General Manager at Sony Corporation's FeliCa Business Division. "We will work hard to make a positive contribution to and enhance the solutions that Telkom Indonesia provides, using Sony's FeliCa technology. We will also leverage the wealth of experience that we have accumulated in Japan and Hong Kong, where many services - from transportation to e-payment to NFC-enabled mobile services - have utilized our FeliCa technology."
As the first initiative under this MoU, Telkom Indonesia and Sony will work together with Trans Metro Bandung to implement a trial run for this NFC common platform, for the purposes of automated fare collection.
PT Telkom Indonesia Tbk (Persero) ("Telkom") is a State Owned Enterprise which is engaged in the field of telecommunications and network services in Indonesia. Telkom's shares are listed in the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX: TLKM) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TLK). Serving millions of customers nationwide, Telkom with business portfolio TIMES - Telecommunications, Information, Media, Edutainment and Services, provide a broad range of network and telecommunication services, including domestic and international basic telecommunication services, mobile communications, fixed wireless as well as interconnection services used among other license operators ("OLO"). Telkom Group also provides various services in the field of information, media and edutainment, including cloud-based and server-based managed services, e-Payment services and IT enabler, e-Commerce and other portal services.
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $68 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015.
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