SOURCE: One Horizon Group, Inc.

One  Horizon Group, Inc.

November 12, 2014 07:30 ET

Smartfren Telecom, Tbk ("Smartfren") Launches Optimized VoIP Using One Horizon Technology

BAAR, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwired - Nov 12, 2014) -  One Horizon Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: OHGI) ("One Horizon" or the "Company"), which develops and licenses the world's most bandwidth-efficient mobile Voice over Internet Protocol ("VoIP") platform for Smartphones, today announced that Smartfren Telecom, Tbk in Indonesia is launching a pre-paid VoIP Smartphone app using its optimized software platform.

Smartfren is commencing the rollout of the Smartphone mobile app, branded SmartCall, as a pre-paid Over The Top ("OTT") Android App that will be available to download from the Google Play Store. The target markets for this pay-as-you-go VoIP service are Indonesians living abroad, inbound and outbound tourists to Indonesia and local Indonesians looking for a truly mobile VoIP smartphone app. Once SmartCall is installed on the Smartphone, the user's app will receive a new Virtual SIM telephone number from Smartfren and be able to top-up from any Smartfren retail outlet or on-line store. Smartphones are seeing a significant uptick in ownership in Indonesia, according to a study from Australian market research company Roy Morgan Research. The firm found that between March 2012 and 2013, smartphone ownership doubled from 12% of the population to 24%, which is approximately 60 million people. 

Brian Collins, founder and CEO of One Horizon, commented, "This launch represents the rollout of the first ever Virtual SIM service in Indonesia and using our revolutionary mobile-VoIP technology marks yet another milestone in the delivery of our innovative solutions to operators. Smartphone users all over the world can benefit from the ultra-low bandwidth and high-quality VoIP of the SmartCall app combined with the quality of the Smartfren core telephone network."

"Download, top-up and you have a true pre-paid Indonesian telephone number to call and text anyone at home at domestic rates and they can call you on your local Indonesian Smartfren number. The combination of the fantastic Smartfren mobile network and this App means that mobile VoIP call quality will be unbeatable and together with relevant calling bundles from Smartfren, this service represents a major innovation in Voice calls for all Indonesians, home or away," added Mr. Collins.

About One Horizon Group, Inc.

One Horizon Group Inc.'s business is to optimize communications over the Internet through its wholly owned subsidiary, Horizon Globex GmbH, Baar, which develops and markets one of the world's most bandwidth-efficient mobile Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) platforms for Smartphones, and also offers a range of other optimized data applications including messaging and mobile advertising. Horizon Globex GmbH is an ISO 9001 and ISO 20000-1 certified company. The Company has operations in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, China, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Ireland. For more information on the Company, its products and services, please visit http://www.onehorizongroup.com.

About Smartfren Telecom, Tbk

Smartfren Telecom Tbk is a telecommunications services provider based on CDMA technology with cellular and limited mobility license -- FWA (Fixed Wireless Access), and has the largest network coverage of CDMA EV-DO (mobile broadband network equivalent to 3G) in Indonesia. Smartfren is also the first telecommunication operator in the world that provide CDMA EV-DO Rev. B (equivalent to 3.5G with download speed up to 14.7 Mbps) and the first CDMA operator which provides BlackBerry services in Indonesia.

At end of 2013, Smartfren has approximately 11.3 million subscribers and its service area covers most of the populated areas of Java, Bali, Sumatera and the major cities in Kalimantan and Sulawesi.

For more information on the Company, its products and services, please visit http://www.smartfren.com.

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