Pt Telkom Hangs Up On The Party Line

For a state-owned monopoly, Indonesia's PT Telkom picked an unconventional way of awarding five contracts to install and operate 2 million new phone lines: None of the five contracts went to companies owned by President Suharto's children, who have often used their connections to build multibillion-dollar empires. Instead, rights to install and operate the lines were doled out through open and apparently fair competition to private consortiums involving such proven outfits as U S West, France Telecom, and Australia's Telstra Corp.

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