Yoyo launches rewards platform in Indonesia, offers free internet access to Android users

IndonesiaManila-based Yoyo Holdings, the Japanese-led startup known for its mobile rewards platform Candy, announced last week that it has launched a lock screen-based rewards platform for Android users in Indonesia, called PopSlide. The app is available on Google Play in Indonesia. The platform distributes news, weather forecasts, other updates, and ads to your smartphone lock screen. In return for viewing such information, users receive rewards for free Internet access on their smartphone.


Jakarta’s Smart City app ready to partner with local tech startups

IndonesiaJakarta is a megacity with a bad rep for underserving its inhabitants. Regular floods, fires, record-breaking traffic gridlocks, and pollution make life in Indonesia’s capital a daily stress test. But the tide is slowly turning as Jakarta’s government, now under the leadership of governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, is discovering how to make communication technology work in its favor.


Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group bets big on ecommerce with US$500M launch of MatahariMall

IndonesiaIndonesia’s Lippo Group announced today the launch of its massive ecommerce venture MatahariMall – the online version of one of the nation’s biggest mid-priced department stores. Lippo Group is one of the archipelago’s largest and richest conglomerates, and has invested US$500 million into the initiative. Lippo plans to spend the money over the next two to three years in hopes that the site can create US$1 billion in sales.


Jakarta to develop mobile app to track bus arrivals

IndonesiaJakarta’s public bus operator TransJakarta will develop a mobile app for people to track the arrival times of buses at bus stops. The app will allow people to track the location of bus drivers and estimate when buses will arrive at the bus stops, said Steve Kosasih, CEO of TransJakarta. The city will work with the makers of a popular delivery tracking app, Go-Jek, and will use the same system for the bus app. Go-Jek allows people to track the location of their deliveries through the GPS on the drivers’ smartphones.


‘Made in Indonesia’ law to hurt smartphone companies

IndonesiaJAKARTA/WASHINGTON: The United States is pressing Indonesia to relax local-content rules it believes will handicap efforts of tech firms such as Apple to expand into one of the world’s last big markets where demand for high-end smartphone has yet to really take off.  The regulation, which would come into force on January 1, 2017, requires companies that sell smartphones and tablets in the fast-growing economy of 250 million people to produce 40% of their content locally.


Social Media Week in Jakarta offers a chance to hear from Buzzfeed, Twitter, Path and the city government

IndonesiaJakarta has just become the first Southeast Asian city to join the global Social Media Week (SMW) network. The conference with international and local speakers is taking place this week at Pacific Place Mall and other satellite venues in the Indonesian capital, and showcases the use and importance of social media for corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, media, and government.


ShoreTel shared some images from its first-ever internal APAC sales kick off event in Indonesia

IndonesiaFor the first time ShoreTel brought together its APAC team for the company’s 2015 Sales Kick Off event in Indonesia. The objective of the event was to review goals for the next three years, better understand each other’s regions, share best practices, brainstorm and workshop ideas to improve business processes and develop its own unique corporate culture. Historically, ShoreTel had hosted separate ANZ and Asian events.


Telkom, PGN to announce largest dividend payout ratios

IndonesiaThe dividend payout ratios of Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) and gas distribution firm Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) are expected to remain the largest among state-owned enterprises despite the government’s plan to reduce dividend payments this year, a minister has said.“Telkom’s dividend payout ratio will probably be around 40 percent and PGN’s will be between 40 and 50 percent, the largest”, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini M. Soemarno said last week.


JICA pledges to back more RI projects

IndonesiaThe Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has reiterated its strong commitment to supporting Indonesia’s infrastructure development, one of the main priorities of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s economic program. During a recent meeting with the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas), the independent Japanese governmental agency showed its new commitment to supporting infrastructure projects proposed in the national medium-term development plan (RPJMN) for the period of 2015-2019, Bappenas chief Andrinof Chaniago said


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’s tech minister Rudiantara aims to raise $1B for startups

IndonesiaIndonesia’s tech minister revealed earlier this week that he aims to raise about Rp 12 trillion (US$1 billion) to help develop Indonesia’s digital startups, reports Kompas. Rudiantara, the minister of communications and information technology, claims the funds will be collected from the nation’s large conglomerates. His goal is not just to raise funds for local companies, but also to persuade local conglomerates who invest or save their money in foreign countries to think about investing in Indonesian companies instead.


Samsung opens cell-phone factory in Indonesia

IndonesiaSouth Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Corporation has opened a new cell-phone factory in Indonesia, South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Taiyoung Cho says. Cho said Wednesday that the facility, developed with an investment of more than US$20 million, began operating last month. “So they are now producing mobile phones in Indonesia,” he said on the sidelines of a CEO gathering at the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).


Alibaba’s global-facing ecommerce site AliExpress launches localized Indonesian service

IndonesiaAlibaba announced today that AliExpress, the company’s global-facing ecommerce site, has localized for better service in Indonesia. While id.aliexpress.com has been active for some time (Tech in Asia spotted it back in October), today marks its official coming out party in the eyes of the company.


Opera Mini browser used by over 30 million active users in Indonesia

IndonesiaMore than 30 million Indonesians use the Opera Mini mobile browser for browsing the Internet, according to Opera Software’s State of the Mobile Web report that was recently released. This figure compares well against the more than 250 million people around the world that uses the browser, and makes Indonesia the home to the second largest Opera Mini community in the world, behind India.


Google takes Android One outside India, launches handset in Indonesia

IndonesiaGoogle has taken its Android One initiative outside India with a launch in Indonesia in partnership with Spice Mobility’s local brand Nexian and two other handset makers, Evercoss and Mito.  This comes at a time when the US search giant’s Indian device partners are launching the devices in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.


Indonesian Bitcoin startups must now compete with BitX

IndonesiaIt’s fair to say that Bitcoin technology has grabbed attention in Indonesia, especially after local startup Bitdoku facilitated US$22,000 worth of bitcoin transactions within 24 hours at Startup Asia Jakarta 2014. Tech in Asia also recently ran a piece on the most popular Bitcoin startups in Indonesia.


3 myths about foreign investments and acquisitions in Indonesia’s startup world

IndonesiaAlthough it’s a given in most nations that foreign investments are crucial to support startup growth, it may not be as obvious to the entrepreneurs residing in emerging market nations like Indonesia. Tokopedia CEO William Tanuwijaya claims it’s common for him to hear netizens mock his company because it has accepted foreign investment time and time again. Is it wrong to grow your Indonesian tech company using cash from foreign companies?



Indonesian president Jokowi bans foreign acquisitions in several tech sectors

IndonesiaIndonesia’s president Joko Widodo (aka Jokowi) asked the nation’s head of creative economy Triawan Munaf to ban foreign investors from acquiring several types of online businesses in the archipelago yesterday, reports CNN Indonesia. The mandate was announced as part of the president’s effort to maintain the growth of local online companies to better benefit Indonesia. The move came suddenly, as Jokowi only appointed Munaf to the position on Monday also.


Baidu’s Android app store has 2.88 million active users in Indonesia

IndonesiaMost of Indonesia’s web users spend time online using mobile devices. And while there are about 38.3 million active smartphone users in the country, that number will surpass 100 million by 2018. So it’s a big market to be in, and there’s huge opportunity to win the hearts of those upcoming smartphone users in Indonesia. Third-party Android app stores like Baidu’s MoboMarket want to tap into this lucrative industry. Mobomarket recently released Q4 2014 data:


Jakarta expanding light rail network, cancels new monorail

Jakarta has announced plans to expand its rail network to satellite cities. The news comes as the city cancels a contract to build a new monorail network within the city. Indonesia’s capital city wants to expand its Light Rail Transport (LRT) network to ease traffic congestion, Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said. Many people who work in Jakarta commute everyday to satellite cities where housing is more affordable.