Telkom Re-Implement Coin-based Public Phone

June 8th 2006

Jakarta – PT. Telkom is planning to repair and re-implement coin-based public phone across Indonesia in August 2006 to improve general public services.

"Starting this month until July 2006, we are planning to check the status of all coin-based public phones all over Indonesia. After complete the survey, we projected that in August 2006 those phones will be back in service," said Communication Manager PT Telkom Divisi Regional II DKI Jakarta, Retno Dyah in Jakarta, Thursday.

She said that the survey is conduct to follow up mounting public complaints regarding out of service public phones. The survey will include physical status, total number, and location of public phones to determine repair procedures.

The program’s aim is to improve public services in conjunction with Telkom’s plan to launch Gerakan Telepon Umum Nasional, or National Public Phone Movement, in December 2006.

She said that Telkom also plans to install additional telecommunication facilities in hospitals, train and bus stations, public markets, schools, and other public places especially in eastern parts of Indonesia.

"We hope for the cooperation of local communities to help conserve these phones because most of them were damage by human hands," added Retno.

Telkom Divre II DKI Jakarta has provides 22,118 units coin-based public phone. The distribution of these phones will be adjusted to size of the corresponding service area. For Central Jakarta, will be given 2,159 units, East Jakarta (2,735 units), West Jakarta (3,550 units), South Jakarta (4,020 units), Tangerang (1,702 units), North Jakarta (4,400 units), Bekasi (1,600 units) and Bogor (1,952 units).

Public phone services have grown into an increasing source of revenue for Telkom. In January 2006, income from this sector reached Rp2.7 billion, Rp2.8 billion in February and more than Rp. 3 billion in March.(*)
(Source : ANTARA News)