Recently Telkomsel plans to do business with the type of the financial services that are still booming, financial technology (financial technology / fintech) service. According to this Indonesian company, Telkomsel’s My Business Store marketplace already has a fintech solution in it. "Later, fintech will focus on SMEs (Small Medium Enteprises) that are not bankable," said Vice President of Enterprise Mobile Product Marketing Telkomsel, Arief Pradetya.
According to him, one concept that might be used if the fintech industry is alreay exist in My Business Store that the Telkomsel’s customers can take a loan from there. He stated if it provides the maximum opportunity if some digital financial services solutions providers which want to join.
However, Arief admitted if to get the solution from the content of fintech service is certainly not easy. One of fintech’s obstacles is the regulations that set the service. "Although we are not providing (for the platform) but we must make sure it is OK or not," added Arief.
Actually Telkomsel’s involvement into Fintech business is not one of their strategic plans. In the next few weeks, My Business Store which became their marketplace will also target the accomodation business for below of two-star hotels. However, Arief has not confirmed the form of the solution to be presented. Nevertheless, he mentioned that there will be a service to manage the accomodation in My Business Store owned by Telkomsel, a subsidiary of Telkom.
Get Startup in the eastern part of Indonesia
Telkomsel seems to start to prepare with the digital technology that has increased in our country. After planning to come in fintech industry by their marketplace, now they are also actively increasing other digital business, which is startup. After the last 4 years has held the Startup competition called, Telkomsel continued to conduct an event called On The Mission now. The purpose of this event is to get startup creators in the eastern part of Indonesia.
As the first event, On The Mission will go to both cities of Kupang and Ambon. In both of cities, it will be held a form of education and application as the training programs and the digital application development for one month. The reason for Telkomsel to choose the Eastern part of Indonesia because people in that area have the spirit to register in the previous event, The Next, and the event that will be held, On The Mission. Then continued with a new event that seems also have been awaited by people there called Next Dev.
"Kupang has a community that is handle by Telkomsel, and in Ambon, it is same. (If) We compare it in Kupang 100 (prospective developers) who want to be registered that (is) quite like as many as in Kupang," explained Chief Manager of Next Dev and On The Mission, Steve Saerang.
Unlike Next Dev, the event of On The Mission will only prepare people of the two cities so that the products or solutions they produce can be useful for themselves. But Steve does confess the possibility if the trainee is interested to join the Next Dev event after On The Mission.
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