Telkom Chief Executive Officer Rinaldi Firmansyah quoted that acquisition of CDMA based operator Esia which owned by Bakrie Telecom is one of the options beside merger scheme to combine it with Flexi as Telkom CDMA business unit.
Telkom Flexi and Esia are the two biggest CDMA based network operator in Indonesia to date. The number of subscriber of both operators are about 15 millio n and 10 million respectively by the end of 2009. Merger or acquisition of two operators will make them become the fourth of the biggest wireless operators in Indonesia after Telkomsel, Indosat and XL Axiata. Instead of cellular operator both Telkom Flexi and Esia are fixed wireleess access (FWA) which limited mobility. Standing as FWA operators, they become the biggest and are worried as monopoly operators.