Indonesia’s general election last week still hasn’t provided a winner as both presidential candidates claim to have the mandate. That’s where Indonesia’s netizens come in. Because of the recent ‘open government’ initiative in Indonesia, the Elections General Commission (KPU) is sharing all election-related data on the internet – including documents related to the vote tally. That has inspired a number of crowdsourced vote counts.
US-based information and communication technology (ICT) company Hewlett-Packard (HP) is targeting customers from small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the public sector in Indonesia, considering these market segments to be the nation’s most robust. HP senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Group for Asia-Pacific and Japan, Jim Merritt, said his company views developing markets like Indonesia as an engine of growth.
Millions of Indonesians today enthusiastically cast their vote for a new president and a better future. The presidential race has been the closest one yet in the country’s election history as both candidates – Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto – declared they won the election based on differing quick count results. Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), one of the country’s favorite social media sites, played a huge role in the online campaign build-up. Today the company broke down a few important moments that took place on the site.
Facebook just saw its active user base in Indonesia rise to 69 million, according to a statement from Facebook’s Indonesia head, Anand Tilak. Two quarters back, the company reported 65 million active monthly users in the country pointing to a 6-percent increase. Indonesia is actually one of Facebook’s largest markets, despite the fact that Internet access isn’t always available and just 23-percent of the Southeast Asian country’s 240 million people have smartphones, according to Nielsen.
The world’s leading enterprises application software company SAP AG (SAP) is targeting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia, an industry it believes will significantly transform into an information and communications technology (ICT) market in the next few years, say the company’s national and regional leaders.
Mozilla has announced plans to release inexpensive smartphones for users in India and Indonesia in the coming months. The announcement was made during the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai. Given the high competition in the smartphone market, it has become very difficult for smartphone manufacturing companies to stand out from the rest. And Mozilla is expected to take a large chunk of the market with the launch of its low-cost smartphones.
A lot of people in Southeast Asia have been hotly anticipating the arrival of Android smartphone brand Xiaomi in their country. The Chinese gadget-maker has made its way to Singapore and Malaysia in the past few months, and it has a few other countries on its roadmap. Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra (pictured above) is in Jakarta right now, and earlier today he gave a clear indication that Xiaomi’s Indonesia launch in imminent.
Now that both Facebook and Apple have offices in Indonesia, there’s only one more tech giant the country’s netizens are waiting for – Twitter. Peter Greenberger, director of political advertising for Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), is in Indonesia to meet with political leaders. The trip comes ahead of the vote for a new president next month.
WordPress is a very popular choice for people who want to build websites. According to the team, 22.3 percent – or about 75 million – of all websites on the planet use WordPress CMS. CEO Matt Mullenweg says that Indonesian is WordPress’ third most used language around the world, behind English and Spanish. Indonesian is the top language on WordPress in Asia. About 1.7 million WordPress blogs all over the world are written in the Indonesian language, which in total amounts to 200 million pageviews every month.
Bambang Heru Tjahjono, Director General for ICT Applications of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Indonesia (KOMINFO) [pictured] was the guest of honour at the opening of Open Source technology company Red Hat’s new Indonesian office in Jakarta. “Customers in Indonesia have always been very supportive of open source solutions and we have seen increased interest from local customers,” said Damien Wong, senior director and general manager, ASEAN, Red Hat.
Look out, Indonesia: Bitcoin Indonesia and Coin Of Sale, a Bitcoin point-of-sale system, are looking to turn Bali into a haven for Bitcoin users. More specifically, they’re looking to change the popular tourist destination into Bitcoin Island. This initiative was first started by the Bitcoin Indonesia crew. Tomas Forgac, founder of Coin Of Sale, said that they decided to join in because they believe it has several benefits for both tourists and Balinesian locals alike.
After more than a year of whispers and anticipation, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has opened an office in Indonesia. As reported by MakeMac today, information about the new Apple office in Indonesia’s capital is now visible on the website of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia as well as on the ‘contact’ section of Apple’s Indonesia site.
Just like any other country in the world, there are a lot of Android smartphone users in Indonesia. According to research firm IDC, Android held 81 percent of the smartphone OS market in Indonesia last year. That means there are over 32 million Android users in the country at present. As a result, many players are looking to launch their own Android app stores in order to feed download-hungry users in Indonesia. Here are five contenders looking to win the market:
Indonesian telco Indosat has announced that it has joined forces with Japanese telco SoftBank to launch SB ISAT, a $50 million venture capital fund targeting Indonesian growth-stage startups. “The SB ISAT investment fund will allow Indosat to stay ahead of the fundamental changes in the telecommunication and internet industry and drive growth,” says Alexander Rusli, Indosat’s CEO and President Director.
When entrepreneurs expanded to Indonesia, most of them would prioritize setting up their office in the capital city of Jakarta. On paper, that makes sense. Not only does the capital host the largest number of startups in the country, it is also where a lot of business deals are made. But now the neighboring city of Bandung wants to get in on the action.
The tech investment scene in Indonesia is getting bigger by the minute, and it’s good to see more local companies paying attention to the tech scene. Yesterday, Indonesian energy company Dian Swastatika Sentosa (DSS) (Indonesia:DSSA) invested SGD$4.4 million (US$3.5 million) into Singapore-based internet service provider MyRepublic for 5.9 percent ownership. DSS is part of Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas Group. The news was first reported by DailySocial.
Red Hat Inc. has spent the past decade becoming one of the dominant commercial providers of the Linux operating system, but it is now looking to expand by exploiting opportunities in Indonesia, and in the field of cloud-computing systems. Red Hat Inc., which generated approximately 1.5 billion dollars in revenue last year, is expecting double digit revenue growth over the next year.
Several of the most heavily populated countries in the Asia Pacific region, including China, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia, are experiencing unprecedented rates of rural electrification. Meeting the increased demand for both power and grid services across the region will require innovative approaches, including microgrids that are capable of operating in isolation from (or in the absence of) the wider power grid. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, the microgrid market in Asia Pacific will grow from $778 million in 2014 to nearly $5.8 billion in 2023.
Today, Indonesian price comparison PriceArea site confirmed that it has been acquired by Seoul-based Yello Mobile for an undisclosed sum. The announcement comes after a wave of rumors surrounding a potential purchase of the startup. Korea-based Yello Mobile will take a majority stake in PriceArea. A source familiar with the deal tells Tech in Asia that the acquisition sum is at seven-figures in US dollars, but PriceArea and its investors GREE Ventures and East Ventures declined to confirm or reveal the exact figure when asked.
Indonesia’s mobile phone users are growing in number rapidly each year, so it’s no wonder that many firms are vying to woo them in some way. One of these is China-based UC Browser. The team now claims it’s Indonesia’s third most popular mobile web browser, behind Opera and Android’s default browser. That’s why Indonesia is one of its main markets.