Digital News Asia — CELLULAR provider PT XL Axiata Tbk has signed a three-year contract with Ericsson for the design and implementation of a 4G/LTE (Fourth Generation/ Long-Term Evolution) network and the upgrading of its existing 2G and 3G (Second and Third Generation) networks in Jakarta and Central Java.
Alibaba’s UC Browser announced during the Global Mobile Internet Conference Jakarta that they will establish their Southeast Asia headquarters in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta. With the new headquarters, UC Browser plans to further enhance their investment and distribution in Southeast Asia.
Jakarta Post — The World Bank has correlated economic growth and urbanization in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, urban areas in Southeast Asia account for 65 percent of the region’s US$2.4 trillion GDP. Heralded by this robust economic growth, Southeast Asia’s cities expect to see 90 million more people by 2030.
Deal Street Asia — Indonesia’s largest telecom firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk(TLKM) and Australia’s Telstra have kick-started the operation of their joint-venture company TelkomTelstra, which is aimed at tapping the growing telecom application and services market across Indonesia and the region. TelkomTelstra has launched a customer experience centre in Jakarta to introduce potential customers to its integrated information, technology and telecommunication offering.
Jakarta Globe — Jakarta. Indonesian state-owned telecommunications provider Telkom says it aims to take 100 percent control of Guam-based GTA Teleguam, as part of its overseas network expansion. Telkom agreed in May to buy GTA Teleguam from the Japanese private equity firm Advantage Partners, but has since kept the details under wraps.
WSJ — Norway’s Opera Software ASA is banking on Indonesia’s spotty Internet connection speeds to boost the popularity of its bandwidth-friendly mobile browsers. The company entered the Indonesian market in 2010 and its saw its monthly active users reach 30 million last year, making this country of 250 million people its second largest market after India. Overall,
Deal Street Asia — Indonesia based eFishery, a smart fish feeder manufacturer, has received an undisclosed funding in a pre-series A round led by Aquaspark, a Utrecht (the Netherlands) based aquaculture investment fund, and Indonesian venture capital firm Ideosource. As an Internet of Things (IoT) startup for fish and shrimp farming, the Indonesian firm is tackling one of the largest challenges in commercial aquaculture: feeding operations.
Channel World — Red Hat announced the details for the company’s annual Red Hat Forum in Asia Pacific. In its fifth year, the forum series kicks off in Jakarta, Indonesia, this September, with thousands of attendees anticipated across 11 cities in Asia Pacific. The OpenStack technology market is expected to hit $3.3 billion by 2018, and was a key topic of discussion during June’s Red Hat Summit in Boston.
Want China Times — In a bid to boost Taiwan’s lackluster exports to Southeast Asia, the country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs is encouraging Taiwanese companies to invest more in India and Indonesia, where domestic demand is promising. Taiwan’s exports suffered an 11.9% year-on-year decline in July, dropping for the sixth consecutive month, while exports contracted 7.8% in the first seven months of the year.
KUAM — Telkom Indonesia is the company that is looking to acquire GTA TeleGuam. In a recent hearing held by the Public Utilities Commission, company representatives laid out a point-by-point presentation on why the PUC should approve the deal. Indonesia’s largest telco says it is a cash-rich, low-debt, high-growth company. Total group revenues for 2014 were US$7.2 billion, with gross income of $3.7 billion and net income of $1.7 billion.
Jakarta Globe — Jakarta. State-owned telecommunication firm Telekomunikasi Indonesia, better known as Telkom, is on track to close its acquisition of AP Teleguam Holdings, the holding company of Guam telecommunication company GTA Teleguam, this year, according to a top executive at the company. Alex J Sinaga, president director of Telkom, said that the company has completed 95 percent of the acquisition so far.
Telecom Asia — Major telecom and ICT companies including PT Telkom Indonesia, PT Indosat and XL Axiata have all registered to take part in a bid for a $246.7 million fiber project in Indonesia. All told 27 companies have signed up to take part in the bid for the Palapa Ring II cable project, which will involve rolling out 8,395km of subsea cable in the nation, Deal Street Asia reported.
Deal Street Asia — Bubu.com, homegrown web development and digital advertising firm, will hold the third IDByte conference from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Jakarta, in hunt for Indonesia’s next rising star in the local start-up scene. Shinta Dhanuwardoyo, founder of Bubu.com, during a luncheon with reporters in Jakarta, said the IDByte conference with the theme “Connected e-Conomy,” is aims to place Indonesia on the global digital map. The 2015 IDByte will discuss a wide range of topics, ranging from the IoT to digital marketing.
Jakarta Globe — Jakarta. State-controlled Telekomunikasi Indonesia, commonly known as Telkom, is assessing plans for a Rp 5 trillion ($371 million) bond issuance in the beginning of next year to finance expansion over the next few years. “We will still monitor the market. If we conduct the bond sale in the second half of this year, the pricing will be expensive, so it’s likely that we’ll have it early next year,” Telkom finance director Heri Sunaryadi said in Jakarta on Monday.
Virtual Strategy — NTT Com, the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT, announced today that it signed an agreement recently to wholly acquire PT. Cyber CSF (Cyber CSF), a data center service provider headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. Cyber CSF, founded in 2012, is Indonesia’s largest data center service provider. It operates a high-quality facility equipped for 24 MVA of power and 2,800 racks in 7,700 square meters of space in the heart of Jakarta.
Eco Business — Southeast Asia’s leading IoT and M2M thought leaders will be gathering in Jakarta, in August, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of IoT/M2M in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Among the leading thinkers are Telkomsel President Director, Ririek Adriansyah, and Mr. Bambang Heru Tjahjono, Director General for ICT Applications at Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. They will be speaking at the Asia IoT Business Platform.
Fierce Telecom — Hawaiian Telcom is seeing more service providers and content providers continue to purchase capacity on its portion of the South-East Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, coming close to $30 million in sales. In 2014, the service provider, in partnership with its consortium partners, began building the new submarine cable linking Indonesia, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and California.
Deal Street Asia — Southeast Asia’s leading Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) thought leaders will be gathering in Jakarta in August during the Asia IoT Business Platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges of growing the IoT/M2M space in Southeast Asia.
Deal Street Asia — Billion Electric Co Ltd, a global ICT solution and networking CPE provider from Taiwan, plans to enter the market for broadband infrastructure in Indonesia, the company said in a statement. The company will be launching its comprehensive portfolios of mobile and broadband networking (xDSL, Fiber, 3G/4G LTE, M2M) equipment in the country.
Deal Street Asia — Tokyo-based NTT Communications Corp, the ICT solutions and international communications business announced that Enterprise Mail, a reasonably priced cloud service for mail and optional functions, is available in Indonesia and Thailand. NTT Com launched its popular Enterprise Mail service in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in July 2014. Built on a platform based in Singapore, it provides stable, low-latency mail services to companies operating in the fast-growing APAC region.