Sharp to launch smartphones in Indonesia, says report

IndonesiaSharp will launch smartphones in the Indonesia market in 2015, starting with the Aquos Crystal, a model launched in North America in October 2014 through cooperation with Sprint, according to Japan-based Nikkei News. Since Sharp’s home appliance products have helped the company gain strong brand reputation in the country, the Japan-based vendor is hoping the reputation will boost local demand for its smartphones.

Telin Singapore gets Cisco WebEx accreditation, first in APAC

IndonesiaTELEKOMUNIKASI Indonesia International Pte Ltd (Telin Singapore), a subsidiary of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, said it was the first in Asia Pacific to be certified a Cisco Systems Inc authorised technology provider for WebEx. With that, Telin Singapore has unveiled new business offerings to help telecommunication service providers and enterprise clients add automation to their Cisco web conference services-based clouds, it said in a statement.

This satellite firm wants to be the ‘budget airline’ of the internet game in rural Indonesia

IndonesiaSatellite broadband is an option for people who live in rural areas where traditional fixed-line internet services aren’t available. It uses a satellite dish to provide two-way access, and connectivity speeds, which used to be lower, have improved. Download speeds via satellite hookup can now even reach up to 20 megabytes per second. In the US, people who live on farms, or well outside major cities, sometimes resort to satellite internet because fixed-line options don’t make sense.

What will Jakarta’s new Open Data Lab actually do?

IndonesiaIn Indonesia, the lab held workshops with the Banda Aceh city government and civil society groups to release and use data on education. The labs team first consulted civil society organisations on the kind of data they need. They were then joined by journalists in another session to learn where and how to get open data, and how to translate the data into useful information for citizens.

Indonesia turns to satellite internet to fix broadband holes

IndonesiaIndonesian satellite service provider BigNet announced today that it signed a US$78 million, long-term agreement with Singapore-based Kacific Broadband Satellites. The goal is to bring a new form of high-speed broadband service to Indonesia starting in 2017. Kacific aims to beam signals from its satellites to cover the entire archipelago, with emphasis on providing good quality, affordable internet to developing areas in East Indonesia.

Indonesian O2O startup Kudo lands funding for multi-payment ecommerce solution

IndonesiaKudo, an online-to-offline ecommerce startup from Jakarta, today announced a seven-digit funding round led by GREE Ventures and East Ventures (Disclosure: East Ventures also invests in Tech in Asia. See our ethics page). 500 Startups and IMJ Investment Partners also participated in the round. This new funding comes just a few months after Kudo announced its seed round from East Ventures in November 2014.

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.

Indonesian telco explains why it ditched Zuckerberg’s, 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 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 initiative decided to step out due to concerns about violating net neutrality with the app’s limited, curated selection of accessible sites.

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.

Criticized in India, Facebook’s goes live in Indonesia

IndonesiaNEW DELHI: Facebook’s free internet initiative 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.” 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 app is now available in Indonesia, in collaboration with mobile phone carrier Indosat. 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.

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

IndonesiaMark Zuckerberg today announced the launch of the 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.

After 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.