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.
Jakarta. Indonesia’s biggest telecommunications company Telekomunikasi Indonesia has set aside $250 million to acquire AP Teleguam Holdings Inc, the parent company of telco operator GTA Teleguam, in the tiny Western Pacific territory of Guam. Telkom will use proceeds from bond sales to help fund the acquisition, said Indra Utoyo, director of innovation and strategic portofolio at Telkom. Indra said the company has submitted proposals to authorities in Guam, which is a United States island territory in Micronesia, and the US.
State-run telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is planning a joint venture with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (Singtel) to work on information and technology (IT) applications for the city state’s market. Indra Utoyo, Telkom innovation and strategic portfolio director, said his company, through its subsidiary PT Sigma Cipta Caraka (telkomsigma), would form a joint venture with SingTel’s subsidiary National Computer Systems Pte. Ltd. (NCS) to operate as an application provider.
Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin Singapore) has started construction of a 20,000 square metre, five-storey Data Centre and Telecommunication Hub located at Singapore’s Data Center Park (DCP) in Jurong. This new facility will be the third datacenter owned and managed by Telin Singapore. To be branded as Telin-3, it will address the growing demand for premium datacenter services to support Singapore’s Smart Nation vision. It will also address demand from the region and global markets where Telin Singapore is able to play a pivotal role in providing reliable, secured and seamless regional and global telecommunications connectivity services.
The small and medium business (SMB) clouds services market in Indonesia will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% in the next three years from Rp15T (US$1.2 billion) in 2015 to Rp33T (US$2.7 billion) by 2018, according to a forecast report from Odin. The Odin SMB Cloud Insights report focuses on the cloud services that have the most current and future appeal for SMBs across four key categories: IaaS, web presence and web applications, unified communications, and business applications (also known as software-as-a-service)
Telin Singapore has begun construction of a 20,000 square metre, five-storey Data Centre and Telecommunication Hub located at Singapore’s Data Centre Park (DCP) in Jurong. This new facility will be the third data centre owned and managed by Telin Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PT Telin which in turn is fully owned by Indonesia’s largest telecommunications group PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom Group). Telin Singapore’s existing data centres are located in Changi and Tai Seng.
State-run telecommunications firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has officially kicked off the development of a new data center in Singapore to support its ambitious goal of becoming a world-class information and technology company.The firm’s business arm in the city-state, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International Pte. Ltd Singapore (Telin Singapore), held a groundbreaking ceremony attended by a number of high-ranking officials for the construction of the data center in the Jurong area on Friday.
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) Tbk, Indonesia’s largest telecommunication company, said it has reached a deal to buy Guam’s AP Teleguam Holdings Inc, parent company of telco operator GTA Teleguam. GTA Teleguam is one of the telecom operators in Guam. Currently, Guam’s AP Teleguam, the parent company of GTA Teleguam is owned by Japanese private equity firm Advantage Partners. The deal is routed through Telkom’s US subsidiary – Telkom Internasional USA Inc. (Telin USA) – that is buying out Advantage Partners’ holdings in the Guam-based operator
In three to four years, consumers in Indonesia will only pay Rp 400,000 (US$30) for 4G smartphones, Indonesia’s tech minister Rudiantara announced last month. 4G technology is only now beginning to enter Indonesia on a large scale. All three major operators are currently engaged in country-wide 4G infrastructure upgrades. And while Indonesia has a mobile phone penetration of over 100 percent, as little as 23 percent of those are smartphones.
AMSTERDAM-headquartered Irdeto has announced that PT Mega Media Indonesia Group, owner of satellite pay TV service Orange TV, has selected its end-to-end Multiscreen services to support the launch of Genflix. Genflix, also under PT Mega Media Indonesia Group, was established in September 2013 as Indonesia’s first-ever commercial over-the-top (OTT) content delivery service, Irdeto said in a statement.
Sharp 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.
TELEKOMUNIKASI 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.
Satellite 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.
In 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.
Indonesian 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.
Kudo, 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.
Singapore-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.
Internet.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.
Google 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.
NEW 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.”