Taiwan to push for more exports to India, Indonesia

TaiwanWant 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.


PUC considers acquisition of GTA by Indonesia’s largest telco

IndonesiaKUAM — 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.


Telkom on Track to Close Acquisition of AP Teleguam Holdings

IndonesiaJakarta 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.


27 companies apply for Indonesia fiber tender

IndonesiaTelecom 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.


Indonesia’s Bubu.com hunts for next big local startup

IndonesiaDeal 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.


Eyeing Expansion, Telkom Mulls Over Plans for Rp 5t Bond Issuance in 2016

IndonesiaJakarta 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.


NTT Communications Wholly Acquires PT. Cyber CSF, Indonesian Data Center Service Provider

IndonesiaVirtual 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.


Asia IoT Business Platform 2015 – Jakarta

IndonesiaEco 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.


Hawaiian Telcom says SEA-US submarine cable producing nearly $30M in sales

PhilippinesFierce 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.


ASEAN IoT and M2M leaders to meet at Asia IoT Business Platform

IndonesiaDeal 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.


Taiwan Billion Electric eyes Indonesia’s smart tech market

IndonesiaDeal 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.


NTT Com cloud service available in Indonesia, Thailand

JapanDeal 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.


Telkom Sets Aside $250m to Acquire Guam’s AP Teleguam

IndonesiaJakarta. 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.


Telkom, Singtel to launch JV providing public utility apps

IndonesiaState-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.


Telin Singapore launches telco hub

IndonesiaTelekomunikasi 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.


Indonesia cloud industry to hit $2.7B by 2018

IndonesiaThe 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 begins construction of data centre, telco hub in Jurong

SingaporeTelin 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.


Telkom builds 3rd data center in Singapore, from Jakarta

IndonesiaState-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.


Indonesia’s Telkom buys Guam’s GTA Teleguam from Japanese PE firm

IndonesiaPT 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


Indonesia’s smartphone revolution starts now

IndonesiaIn 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.