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Profiling 11 Major Telecommunications Companies for South East Asia and India

July 19, 2005

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c21069) has announced the addition of 2005 Asia Telco Company Profiles – South East Asia and India to their offering.

This report has 11 profiles covering some of the major telecommunications companies in South East Asia and India. Each profile provides a descriptive overview of the business of the particular company as well as the latest available financial and operational statistics.

AT&T Asia Pacific Group Ltd – AT&T Asia Pacific is the regional presence for AT&T in Asia. It provides global managed data networks, wholesale connectivity, Internet access, IDC hosting and international dialing for multinationals, governments, carriers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) over AT&T’s global infrastructure. The company has a presence in 13 countries: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) – BSNL owns around 85% of India’s copper wire local loop network. The state-owned company is the largest telecom operator and the largest public sector enterprise in India, providing basic fixed-line services nationwide, except for the cities of Mumbai and Delhi. After loss of its monopoly over local access in 2001, moved into the mobile market and has become the country’s second largest GSM operator. In February 2003, the company entered the international telephony market.

Pacific Internet Ltd – NASDAQ-listed Pacific Internet Ltd is one of the largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Asia Pacific, providing Internet access and services in Singapore, Australia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, India and Malaysia. Pacific Internet provides end-to-end Internet services for corporate and residential customers, including dial-up access, Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) and Symmetric Digital Subscriber Lines (SDSL) broadband access, leased line services, web-hosting and e-commerce.

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT) – Once the Philippines incumbent, PLDT is now a publicly company listed on the Philippines, New York and Pacific stock exchanges, controlled by 25% stakeholder, First Pacific Co from Hong Kong. It continues to be the leading provider of fixed-line services. The company also holds the major share of the mobile market through its subsidiary Smart. Its Internet related services include the Philippines largest IDC and ISP. Its broadcasting interests comprise one of the Philippines largest cable TV operators. It also controls the country’s Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) infrastructure.

PT Indonesian Satellite Corp (Indosat) – Indosat is Indonesia’s leading provider, and former monopoly operator, of international telecom services. It also offers local telephony and Internet access. It is now Indonesia’s second largest mobile telephone operator. Indosat operates the Palapa-C2 satellite and is Indonesian’s representative on Inmarsat and Intelsat. The company’s privatisation was completed in December 2002, with the sale of the government’s 42% stake to Singapore’s ST Telemedia. Indosat is listed on the Jakarta, Surabaya and New York stock exchanges.

PT Telkom Indonesia – PT Telekomunikasi (Telkom) is Indonesia’s fixed-line incumbent. Although partly privatised, the government continues to hold a majority stake. The company owns and operates Indonesia’s Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and also has a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)-based fixed wireless network in most cities. In 2002, the government granted Indosat a licence to provide local fixed-line services, breaking Telkom’s monopoly. Telkom was subsequently licensed to provide IDD services. Telkom also provides mobile services through Telkomsel (owned 65% by Telkom, 35% by SingTel). Telkomsel is the country’s largest provider of GSM services, with over 50% market share.

Singapore Telecom (SingTel) – Listed on the Singapore and Australian Stock Exchanges, SingTel is majority owned by the Singapore government. SingTel is the leading provider of fixed-line, mobile and Internet services in Singapore. With a small, saturated and competitive home market, SingTel has significant offshore interests, which now contribute a majority of its revenue. Its main subsidiary is Optus in Australia. Others include Telkomsel in Indonesia, Globe Telecom in the Philippines, Bharti Telecom in India and AIS in Thailand. The company has significant investments in international submarine cable networks, satellite systems and data centres.

StarHub Pte Ltd – StarHub provides voice and data services over fixed, mobile and Internet platforms in Singapore. After strong growth in the last few years, the company has been challenging MobileOne for second position behind SingTel in the local mobile market. StarHub has also been slowly building a nationwide fixed-line network to serve the residential market. In July 2002, Singapore Cable Vision merged with StarHub and was renamed StarHub Cable Vision, providing cable TV and broadband services.

Telekom Malaysia – Listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, state-controlled Telekom Malaysia is the country’s incumbent. Despite market deregulation in 1994, the company continues to dominate the fixed-line voice, data and Internet sectors. In April 2003, it acquired number two mobile operator Celcom. Its ISP, TMNet, is one of the largest in south east Asia. TM International, the company’s international arm, has telecoms investments, mainly mobile, in a number of countries, with plans to expand into other parts of Asia.

Vietnam Posts & Telecoms Corporation (VNPT) – VNPT is Vietnam’s incumbent state owned telecommunications carrier, with a virtual monopoly on all services including fixed-line, mobile, data, Internet and satellite. Limited competition is offered by other state run operators providing domestic and international Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony and ISP services over VNPT’s network. VNPT operates the country’s two GSM mobile networks. By early 2005, there were signs that the government was set to restructure VNPT, opening up for greater private investment in the sector.

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