Telkom’s Mega Submarine Cable Project SEA Has Landed in Dumai

IndonesiaJakarta Globe — Telkom Group as one member of the consortium submarine cable Southeast Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) carry out the deployment of submarine cables at the Station of Landing Cable at Puak Dumai Beach on Thursday, 19 November, 2015, witnessed by Director of Network and IT Telin, Tulus Sudarsono, and EVP Telkom Regional I, Teuku Muda Nanta.

Indonesia E-Government Dream Needs Troubleshooting

IndonesiaEstablishment Post — During his presidential campaign, Joko Widodo repeatedly vowed to implement an e-government system that would strengthen monitoring, improve accountability and ultimately curb corruption. Coming into his second year in term, the president is finding the task easier said than done, as Indonesia struggles to cope with a lack of technical and human support for its e-government plans.

Jakarta IOT-enabling 10,000 Streetlights

IndonesiaIoT journal — The Indonesian city of Jakarta is in the first of multiple phasesimplementing smart streetlights that will be able to dim based on environmental conditions, as well as send information about their functionality to the city’s command center, enabling predictive maintenance. GridComm‘s Street Light Management Solution (SLMS) allows the city to monitor power consumption and the streetlights’ working conditions, both in real time and historically, and to program the lights to dim at specific times.

Indonesia’s trade minister practically runs his ministry on WhatsApp

IndonesiaTech in Asia — Thomas Lembong, the newly-appointed Indonesian trade minister, is a gadget head. He uses WhatsApp and loves his iPhone. But there’s a hidden dimension to this. “I shared with the team at [WhatsApp owner] Facebook that I run my ministry on WhatsApp,” says Lembong, who spoke on stage at Tech in Asia Jakarta 2015. He recently made a trip to Silicon Valley to pitch Indonesia to big tech companies.

Prime Minister Announces Infrastructure Funding for Indonesia

IndonesiaMarket Wired — The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced $14.25 million in funding to strengthen infrastructure development in Indonesia, in order to promote sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty in the country. Canada is partnering with the World Bank, through the Accelerating Sustainable Public-Private Investments for Infrastructure Renewal (ASPIRE) project, to assist Indonesia in preparing the legal and regulatory groundwork required for critical public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure projects.

Telstra sells some of Pacnet’s ISP assets in Singapore, Thailand

Hong KongDatacenter Dynamics — Singapore-listed DeClout has announced an agreement to buy Pacnet’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) assets and business in Singapore and Thailand for a total of US$4.4 million in cash. This comes less than a year after Telstra acquired Pacnet for $700 million, and just months after Telstra announced that it would retire the Pacnet brand earlier this year.

A new undersea cable to create a high speed data link between Australia to Singapore

AustraliaBusiness Insider — Vocus and Nextgen are working on building a high speed communication cable between Australia and Singapore. The two are in the middle of due diligence on the project which will cost about $US120 million ($A170 million) and take 18 months to build. Vocus and Nextgen will form a 50/50 joint venture to build the 4,600 km cable connecting Australia to Singapore and Indonesia.

Google ready to test Project Loon in Indonesia, bringing wifi to remote areas

IndonesiaEarlier today, Google’s parent company Alphabet announced its high-flying Project Loon has partnered with Indonesia’s three largest telcos to start countrywide testing. It will deliver internet access in rural areas at the beginning of next year.

Telkom Hopes to Finalize AP Teleguam Deal by Early 2016

IndonesiaJakarta Globe — State-controlled Telekomunikasi Indonesia hopes to complete the acquisition of AP Teleguam Holdings, a telecommunication holding company in Guam, sometime in the beginning of next year, awaiting approval from the United States’ Federal Communications Commission.

Indonesia ICT sector assessment, outlook

IndonesiaThe Jakarta Post — Information and communications technology (ICT) connectivity in Indonesia as a growing economy faces huge challenges in preparing for the future.  The world’s largest archipelago consisting of more than 17,500 islands with a population of nearly 250 million requires substantial investments in domestic ICT infrastructure and international connectivity to meet the strong growing demand from the private and public sectors.

Indonesia tightens prepaid SIM card registration rules

IndonesiaDigital News Asia — INDONESIA’S Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has tightened the country’s prepaid SIM card registration process to combat high churn rates and abuse, including SMS spam. The registration requirement for prepaid SIM cards was first rolled out a decade ago, but has proven to be ineffective.

Japanese cloud service provider Tsukaeru jumps into SEA via Indonesia

Indonesiae27 — Tsukaeru, a major Japanese cloud-computing service provider and partner of international leader Odin, announced today it has expanded service offerings into Southeast Asia through a technology co-operation deal with Indonesian provider Cloudmatika. With the Odin service, Cloudmatika will be able to advertise itself as the only company in Indonesia capable of providing near 24/7 Service Level Agreement (SLA) support.

NTT Com completes acquisition of Indonesia’s Cyber CSF

IndonesiaTelecom Asia — NTT Com said it has completed the acquisition of PT. Cyber CSF, the largest data center service provider in Indonesia. NTT Com has renamed the company “PT. NTT Indonesia Nexcenter” after completing the acquisition on October 6. The acquisition, announced in July, has enabled NTT Com to acquire 7,700 square meters of server rooms in a Tier III compliant data center located in the heart of Jakarta.

Telkomsel 4G/LTE masuk Manado

IndonesiaDigital News Asia — PT Telekomunikasi Selular Indonesia (Telkomsel) terus memperluas jangkauan layanan 4G/LTE (long term evolution) di berbagai kota di Indonesia. Kali ini Telkomsel memilih Manado sebagai kota kedelapan penyedia akses 4G secara komersial setelah Jakarta, Bali, Bandung, Medan, Surabaya, Makassar, dan Lombok.

Cloudmatika Cloud Services Launch in Indonesia

IndonesiaPR Com — Jakarta, Indonesia: Tsukaeru Group from Japan, a leading provider of Cloud Computing Services in Asia, has today announced the public operational launch of it’s Cloud Service “Cloudmatika” in Indonesia. The service is incorporated in Indonesia as a 100% local limited company (PT Awan Solusi Informatika) in partnership with the Indonesian ISKA Group of Companies.

Smartfren subscribers in Indonesia to get Start-based interface on Android devices

IndonesiaMobile marketing company Celltick has partnered with Indonesian telecommunications company, Smartfren Telekom (Smartfren), to develop an intelligent start screen for Android subscribers. Under this partnership, Smartfren will provide its subscribers fast access to their favourite and frequently-used applications and functions through a customised version of Celltick’s Start that will be preloaded on Smartfren Android devices.

Geeky doctors use tech to help people in Indonesia get their prescriptions

IndonesiaTech In Asia — For some inexplicable reason, pharmacies in Indonesia have missed the train to the 21st century. Neighborhood pharmacy outlets – usually part of large retail chains – are notoriously understocked. Try pre-ordering? The pharmacist will dutifully scribble down your request on a piece of paper, along with your phone number.

Indonesia’s XL Axiata turns to Ericsson for 4G/ LTE deployment

IndonesiaDigital 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.

China’s UC Browser To Establish Southeast Asia Headquarters In Jakarta

IndonesiaAlibaba’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.

Connecting to Indonesia’s smart future

IndonesiaJakarta 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.