MediaCorp acquires 52% stake in Indonesia’s KapanLagi

SingaporeSingapore-based media giant MediaCorp announced today that it has acquired a 52 percent stake in Indonesia’s KLN Group (KLN) for an undisclosed amount. KLN is the parent company of KapanLagi Network, one of the largest and most successful online media companies in the archipelago. The two firms signed the agreement in Jakarta today with the hope that MediaCorp’s expertise and pan-Asian reach can help accelerate KLN’s market position in Indonesia. The partnership also has a goal to create solutions for advertisers to reach customers in new ways.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesia-mediacorp-kln-kapanlagi-acquisition/

Indonesian telco explains why it ditched Zuckerberg’s Internet.org

IndonesiaInternet.org, the app initiated by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg that allows people to access certain online content for free, launched in Indonesia just a few days ago in partnership with Indosat. So far it seems as if Internet.org has had a smooth start in Indonesia, and is not struggling with the huge backlash it’s getting in India. In India, some media outlets and internet firms that had initially been part of the Internet.org initiative decided to step out due to concerns about violating net neutrality with the app’s limited, curated selection of accessible sites.

https://www.techinasia.com/xl-ends-partnership-with-internet-org-indonesia/

4 mobile spaces Indonesian investors should keep an eye on

IndonesiaGoogle finally launched the mobile friendly algorithm update it’s been warning us about for the last couple months. The press has dubbed it “Mobilegeddon,” and USA Today says it could be a true apocalypse for40 percent of the world’s top websites. Basically, Google will start ranking sites without mobile optimization lower, therefore decreasing their visibility. But it might not affect Indonesia as much as other countries, if information from firms like Baidu are to be trusted. Anyone familiar with the archipalego’s penetration rates for mobile versus broadband can tell you that Indonesia is a mobile-first market.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesia-mobile-content-market-insights/

Criticized in India, Facebook’s Internet.org goes live in Indonesia

IndonesiaNEW DELHI: Facebook’s free internet initiative Internet.org has been officially launched in Indonesia, marking the programme’s second largest launch in Asia till date. On his Facebook page, CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted, “After today, everyone in Indonesia will have the opportunity to share in the benefits of the internet and access free services in areas like jobs, health, education and communication on the Indosat network.”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Criticized-in-India-Facebooks-Internet-org-goes-live-in-Indonesia/articleshow/47000896.cms

Internet.org launched in Indonesia. What’s in store for users?

IndonesiaOn April 17, through a Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg declared to the world that Facebook’s Internet.org app is now available in Indonesia, in collaboration with mobile phone carrier Indosat. Internet.org is an app which offers a suite of useful services – including Facebook – to users without charging for data transfer. In India, the app has caused some controversy. A number of members of India’s startup community, including investors and founders, came out against the initiative.

https://www.techinasia.com/internetorg-launched-indonesia-store-users/

Following Zuckerberg’s visit last October, Internet.org launches today in Indonesia

IndonesiaMark Zuckerberg today announced the launch of the Internet.org service in Indonesia on his official Facebook account. Indonesia had been a pilot country for this program last October, which attempts to make it easier for people in countries which still lag behind in terms of internet penetration to access the web. In this pilot, Facebook was working together with operators and developers to find ways to make transfer of data more efficient.

https://www.techinasia.com/internet-org-launch-indonesia-official/

After Zeemi.tv investment, DeNA’s James Riney sees live-streaming as the future of Indonesia

IndonesiaRemember earlier this week when the venture arm of Japan’s DeNA made its premiere investment in Indonesia in the form of a US$1 million seed round for live-streaming entertainment site Zeemi.tv? 500 Startups participated in the investment also, and Zeemi founder Tom Damek now has the bragging right of grabbing one of the largest seed rounds on public record in the archipelago. Tech in Asia caught up with the principal of DeNA’s venture arm James Riney this morning in Jakarta.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesia-dena-james-riney/

Indonesian city to boost tax revenues with cloud computing

IndonesiaAccording to responses from 37 city administrators in Asia, use of cloud technology is set to double over the next three years. This accelerating adoption of cloud computing is just one of the findings of ‘City Cloud: Cloud Adoption for Asia’s Cities’. The new report was produced by CityNet, an association of Asia Pacific cities focused on improving urban sustainability. The report sets out the potential for the cloud to simplify the delivery of ICT services to municipal staff and residents, improve security, and generate revenue for cities.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6300-indonesian-city-to-boost-tax-revenues-with-cloud-computing

aCommerce CEO Hadi Wenas leaves to join John Riady and MatahariMall

IndiaIndonesia’s family-owned conglomerate Lippo Group announced today that Hadi Wenas, co-CEO of ecommerce service provider aCommerce in Indonesia, will join MatahariMall as CEO. The news comes not long after Lippo Group representative John Riady went on record saying that MatahariMall has a team of ecommerce superstars ready to race Lazada Indonesia for the title of the largest business-to-consumer ecommerce firm in the archipelago.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesia-ecommerce-acommerce-hadi-wenas-mataharimall/

Jakarta introduces online system to track citizens’ ideas

IndonesiaJakarta is now tracking and publishing its budget meetings with citizens for the first time. “Starting this year, suggestions from Musrenbang meetings will be uploaded on the internet so residents can see whether the suggestions conveyed in meetings are delivered”, Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said. Prior to this, suggestions from these meetings were not recorded electronically and were not publicly available.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6398-jakarta-introduces-online-system-to-track-citizens-ideas

SoftBank places $120M bet on Indonesia’s Trikomsel on eve of major ecommerce launch

IndonesiaThe Indonesian ecommerce joint venture between postal service SingPost and mobile device retailer Trikomsel will go live some time in May, according to Trikomsel president and CEO Sugiono Wiyono. Previously a somewhat mysterious project, we now know the ecommerce firm will start with selling smartphones, clothing, and sports gear. Following a move by Lippo Group’s MatahariMall to offer online-to-offline service in which customers can order online, then pay and pick up goods at a physical store, Trikomsel will leverage its own nationwide network of nearly 1,000 brick-and-mortar shops in the same way.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesia-singpost-trikomsel-softbank/

Ericsson aims to benefit from govt’s broadband project, from Indonesia

IndonesiaEricsson, the Swedish communication technology and services provider, expects its business in Indonesia will grow as the country is working on a US$22 billion-broadband project over the next four to five years.Ericsson president and CEO Hans Vestberg said during his recent visit to Jakarta that the company would take advantage of the country’s move to provide a broadband network for its 250 million population.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/03/30/ericsson-aims-benefit-govt-s-broadband-project.html

Philippines’ Xurpas enters Indonesia, acquires stake in mobile content provider

PhilippinesPhilippine tech company Xurpas has announced yet another acquisition, this time of a mobile content provider in Indonesia, marking its first foray into the country. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), Xurpas said it bought 49 percent of PT Sembilan Digital Investama, parent of Ninelives Interactive, for US$245,000. The Indonesian companies are engaged in mobile content development and distribution, the same business as Xurpas’. They have existing contracts with top carriers such as Telkomsel, as well as XL Axiata and Indosat.

https://www.techinasia.com/philippines-xurpas-enters-indonesia-acquires-mobile-content-provider-ninelives/

Twitter’s Jakarta office is now open. Here are 6 reasons why Costolo is focusing on Indonesia

IndonesiaTwitter CEO Dick Costolo visited Indonesia yesterday, officially inaugurating Twitter’s new office in Jakarta. At a Q&A session which also featured Rick Mulia, Twitter’s head of the Indonesia office, and representatives from two of Twitter’s partner programs in Indonesia, Costolo explained the firm’s reasons for turning its attention towards Indonesia.

https://www.techinasia.com/6-reasons-why-twitter-strengthens-presence-in-indonesia/

Twitter opens Indonesia representative office tomorrow, might soon be asked to incorporate

IndonesiaTwitter CEO Dick Costolo visits Indonesia tomorrow for the first time. The purpose of his visit is to inaugurate Twitter’s representative office in Indonesia, which is headed up by Rick Mulia. Costolo will likely also meet with Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo and minister of communications and information technology, Rudiantara. Costolo’s visit comes during a time of mixed messages from Indonesia, as the nation struggles to find a clear position on how it wants to treat massive online content networks like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and YouTube.

https://www.techinasia.com/opening-twitters-representative-office-tomorrow-indonesia-incorporation/

Fiber-optics and smart cities: Indonesia gets aggressive with infrastructure modernization

IndonesiaOver the next five years, the Indonesian government plans to spend more than US$420 billion on infrastructure projects in the archipelago. A large portion is to come from the private sector; for telecoms projects in particular, nearly all of it will. Indonesia’s tech minister, Rudiantara, is looking to streamline the new network build-outs and has asked the nation’s three major telcos – Telkomsel, Indosat, and XL Axiata – to submit their plans. The minister wants to ensure that the telecoms infrastructure push is efficient nationwide, and not just limited to the greater Jakarta area.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesia-4g-indihome-smart-city/

Indonesia’s technology minister needs to step up on censorship and privacy

IndonesiaPart of Indonesia’s future development hinges on how quickly and efficiently the world’s fourth most populous nation is able to embrace digitization and make it work in its favor. The man in charge of shepherding Indonesia’s digital development is Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Rudiantara. He was inaugurated in October 2014 as part of President Joko Widodo’s new cabinet.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesias-technology-minister-working-regulations-ecommerce-smartphones-step-censorship-privacy/

Bandung partners Telkom for smart city projects

IndonesiaBandung city in Indonesia has tied up with Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) to build infrastructure for its smart city projects. An online portal, video analytics to monitor crime hotspots, sentiment analysis and public Wi-Fi are in the pipeline. Bandung will work with the firm to implement video analytics on the city’s surveillance system to monitor traffic conditions and crime-prone locations. It will also pick up data from Facebook and Twitter to analyse the latest topics going around on social media in Bandung.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6298-bandung-partners-telkom-for-smart-city-projects

Indonesian city to boost tax revenues with cloud computing

IndonesiaAccording to responses from 37 city administrators in Asia, use of cloud technology is set to double over the next three years. This accelerating adoption of cloud computing is just one of the findings of ‘City Cloud: Cloud Adoption for Asia’s Cities’. The new report was produced by CityNet, an association of Asia Pacific cities focused on improving urban sustainability. The report sets out the potential for the cloud to simplify the delivery of ICT services to municipal staff and residents, improve security, and generate revenue for cities.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6300-indonesian-city-to-boost-tax-revenues-with-cloud-computing

Everything you need to know about Indonesian telecoms and ecommerce

IndonesiaLast Thursday and Friday were important days for Indonesia’s tech scene. Macquarie Indonesia, the local branch of the global investment banking and financial services giant, held an invite-only conference for high-profile professionals in the telecoms and ecommerce spaces. No other press were allowed inside the venue at the Ritz Carlton, and the list of speakers included some interesting names, including Indonesia’s tech minister Rudiantara, CEOs from the top three telcos, and a slew of investors, VCs, and startup founders, among others.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesia-telecoms-ecommerce-macquarie/