ITU Letter to the President of Indonesia (IM2 Case)
The Secre’: arj, r-General
Geneva, 3 September 2013
Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
President of the Republic of Indonesia
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations specialized in
Information and Communication Technologies, together with its Indonesian members, wishes to express its
serious concerns regarding the implications of the recent decision of the Indonesian Corruption Court in the
matter of PT Indosat Mega Media (IM2).
I am grateful for the continued support of Minister Sembiring in this matter, but I would respectfully
suggest that your Excellency’s direct intervention is now required to initiate a constructive dialogue
between your government (including the judiciary) and the industry concerning the implications of the
During the 2013 ITU Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR), held on 3-5 July 2013 with over 100 national
telecom regulators in attendance, one of the primary themes was the need for a regulatory environment
that encourages and stimulates investment in data (Internet) communication. There was common ground
that investors in the ICT sector value, amongst other things, transparency of the regulatory and legal
Our concern at the ml is that the recent decision by the Indonesian courts will transmit precisely the
opposite message and this has the potential of becoming a serious impediment to telecommunications
investment in Indonesia. This, in turn could negatively impact the realisation of the large deployments of
broadband in Indonesia needed for its social and economic development and, given Indonesia's
importance, that of the region.
The ITU is prepared, if you so wish, to facilitate a dialogue, with the ambition of eliminating concerns and
misunderstandings about Indonesia's legal and regulatory framework for the ICT industry.
Please accept my assurance that the ITU remains entirely at the disposal of Indonesia for any further
assistance that may be required in relation to this matter.
Accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.
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