Indonesia’s largest telco Telkom unblocks Netflix after new partnership

Telkom users in Indonesia can now enjoy Netflix after the streaming giant signed an agreement with the largest telco in Indonesia, according to an e27 report.

Telkom originally blocked Netflix in Indonesia when it announced its global launch in 2016.

The country’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology also rapped Netflix by giving it a month to comply with local regulations, censoring violent and pornographic content, and requiring it to have a partnership with a local operator or create a local unit in Indonesia.

However, the telco proffered an olive branch to Netflix, albeit with Netflix having no other option in Indonesia, with an offer of a partnership of streaming through its over-the-top platform, according to a Jakarta Globe report in Jan 2017.

The signing of this deal reflects other deals that the streaming giant has signed with other telcos in the region such as Singtel.

“This partnership turns a new leaf for all IndiHome [Telkom’s broadband internet service] users, who will be able to access quality entertainment from various OTT video streaming services. After CATCHPLAY, iflix, and HOOQ, we have now added Netflix,” said Dian Rachmawan, director of consumer service, Telkom.

“In the early stage, users can enjoy Netflix on IndiHome with exciting offers. We are going to continue on taking the partnership to the next level to give a more well-rounded, high quality movie-watching experience,” he added.