Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH) and Nokia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch advanced enterprise campus private wireless networks in East and Central Java, Sumatera, and Kalimantan The collaboration is designed to elevate […]
Indosat and Edgio forge CDN partnership
Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (IOH) has formed a strategic Content Delivery Network (CDN) partnership with Edgio to provide users in Indonesia with enhanced connectivity and streaming performance. Indonesians consume more than 3.5 billion hours of over-the-top […]
Ensign establishes Indonesia office
Ensign InfoSecurity has set up an office in Indonesia as part of its expansion plan. Located in Jakarta, PT Ensign InfoSecurity Indonesia will provide a full suite of solutions for clients in Indonesia. These include […]
Equinix to add US$74m Jakarta data centre
Equinix plans to add a US$74 million data centre in Indonesia to meet rising demand for digital services. The eight-storey facility in Jakarta, scheduled to open in the second half of 2024, is expected to […]
Helios and Tencent partner on cloud offerings in Indonesia
PT Helios Informatika Nusantara (Helios) is collaborating with Tencent Cloud to provide stable and secure cloud offerings in Indonesia. This collaboration is in response to a significant increase in cloud adoption by enterprise-scale businesses and […]
Singtel and Telkom collaborate on regional data centres and fixed broadband
Singtel and Telkom have signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on regional data centres and a fixed mobile convergence strategy in Indonesia. The Singapore telco is focusing on establishing a data centre platform to […]
NVIDIA to develop AI talents in Indonesia
NVIDIA and Indonesia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to develop artificial intelligence (AI) talent in the country. More than 20,000 Indonesian university students will be […]
Gojek and Tokopedia in US$18b merger
Two of Indonesia’s brightest tech stars are merging to form GoTo Group in a deal reported to be worth US$18 billion. Gojek is the archipalego’s top ride-hailing and payments firm while Tokopedia is the nation’s […]
PT Telkom to develop AI applications with new NVIDIA DGX A100 supercomputer
As Indonesia’s first NVIDIA DGX A100 supercomputer user, PT Telkom plans to use the system to develop artificial intelligence (AI)-based computer vision and 5G-based applications to support and advance its businesses. With NVIDIA DGX A100 […]
Cakap raises US$3m to grow team and business
Indonesian education startup Cakap has raised US$3 million Series A+ funding to help grow its team and further develop its language tutoring app. The investment will also help business expansion in Indonesia and across the […]
The Philippines is SEA’s top in online piracy
Half of the Philippines have admitted to accessing streaming piracy websites or torrent sites. This places the Philippines as the leader in online piracy in Southeast Asia. According to a YouGov survey, the act is […]
Indonesia logtech startup raises US$100m in funding
Indonesia’s Waresix has raised US$100 million in Series B funding from existing investors EV Growth and Jungle Ventures, and new investors such as SoftBank Ventures Asia, EMTEK Group, Pavilion Capital, and Redbadge Pacific.
Facebook and PayPal sow into Gojek
Photo by Afif Kusuma on UnsplashFacebook and PayPal have pumped undisclosed sums into Indonesia ride-hailing firm Gojek.
Gojek founder to join Indonesia cabinet
Source: World Economic ForumFrom founding a startup to being part of the Indonesia cabinet, 35-year-old Nadiem Makarim has certainly come a long way. The Founder and CEO of ride-hailing and e-payment giant Gojek has announced his resignation from the company his started to join newly re-elected President Joko Widodo’s team.
India’s Stellapps Technologies wins Rabobank’s SustainableAg Asia Challenge
Umesh Parjapat of Stellapps Technologies (second from left) with (from left) Albert Boogard of Rabo Foundation, Diane Boogard of Rabobank Asia and Harjan Kuiper of Rabobank Singapore.Stellapps Technologies put on a stellar presentation to win over the judges and take home the top prize of US$10,000 at Rabobank’s SustainableAg Asia Challenge. Fending off 13 other shortlisted competitors from China, India, Indonesia, and Singapore in a field of 138, it impressed with its SmartMoo internet of things (IoT) platform, which improves yield per animal, traceability and quality of milk in emerging countries.
Gojek goes nation-wide in Singapore
Indonesia-based Gojek is taking its ride-hailing service island-wide in Singapore from today. This follows a successful beta launch in November which covered the southern-central and eastern part of Singapore.
Myanmar startup Goama launches mobile gaming app in India
Myanmar startup Goama has launched its “Netflix of Games” mobile gaming subscription app in India. Called Go|Games, the Android app has more than 700,000 subscribers in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
Go-Jek goes regional
Go-Jek will be heading to the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam in the next few months.
Microsoft acquires Semantic Machines
Microsoft has acquired Semantic Machines, which has developed a new approach to building conversational artificial intelligence (AI).
Alibaba and Google drive SEA transportation initiatives
Most Southeast Asian capitals and major cities are notorious for its traffic congestion. In separate developments, Alibaba and Google have taken steps to be more involved in the transportation industries in Malaysia and Indonesia respectively.
NVIDIA and Indonesia university set up first AI R&D centre in Jakarta
NVIDIA has teamed up with BINUS University and Kinetica to establish the first artificial intelligence (AI) research and development (R&D) centre in Indonesia.
Located at the university’s Anggrek Campus, the centre will support BINUS University’s aim to be the premier R&D hub for Al in Indonesia. Leveraging the power of NVIDIA’s GPUs, it will be a showcase of the commercial potential of GPU-accelerated deep learning applications.
“Today, we stand at the beginning of the AI computing era, ignited by a new computing model, GPU deep learning. This new model — where deep neural networks are trained to recognise patterns from massive amounts of data — has proven to be ‘unreasonably’ effective at solving some of the most complex problems in computer science. In this era, software writes itself and machines learn. Soon, hundreds of billions of devices will be infused with intelligence. AI will revolutionise every industry. NVIDIA provides the products and solutions to power this revolution,” said Raymond Teh, Vice President of APAC Sales and Marketing of NVIDIA.
SEA is Facebook’s fastest growing region for advertisers
Facebook now has more than four million active advertisers, with more than 70 percent coming from outside of the United States. The fastest-growing region is South East Asia, led by Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. In terms […]
India leads growth in Asian smartphone market in Q3
The smartphone market continued to grow in Asia-Pacific excluding Japan in Q3, albeit at a modest six percent quarter on quarter, according to IDC.
During this period, India led with 23 million units shipped, and added around five million units to the market over Q2.
Emerging markets in the region also surged ahead with 23 million units shipped, accounting for 22 percent growth as tier-1 Chinese vendors extended their reach outside China.
Emerging markets to give tech devices US$10b boost
India, China, Pakistan, and Vietnam are among the top five emerging markets that will drive tech devices sale in 2015, according to GfK.
The resarch firm has forecasted that the global technology device market will remain at US$1 trillion next year, just as it has been since 2011.
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APAC PC market dips for 8th consecutive quarter
The Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market declined eight percent sequentially and 11 percent year-on-year in 2014 Q1 to reach 23.8 million units, according to preliminary results from IDC.
Elections in some of the bigger markets contributed to the region’s overall decline. In India, an ongoing large education project was postponed due to the upcoming elections, shaving off about half a million units from the commercial PC segment. In Thailand, political unrest continued to have an adverse impact on the economy, while in Indonesia, government funds were diverted in the run-up to the elections, resulting in lower commercial spending in PCs there this quarter.
“However, as these markets stabilise after the elections, IDC expects commercial activity to resume in the second half as a result of pent-up demand,” said Handoko Andi, Research Manager for Client Devices of IDC Asia/Pacific. “On the consumer side, ongoing distractions from smartphones and tablets as well as cautious channel intake impacted most markets in the region, especially in Southeast Asia.”
SEA smartphone sales up 61% in first three quarters
Southeast Asia consumers bought 41.5 million smartphones, spending US$10.8 billion in the first three quarters of this year, according to GfK Asia.
Indonesia led the way with sale of 14.8 million smartphones worth more than USS3.33 billion. Thailand and Malaysia were next with 7.2 million and 6.4 million units sold respectively. However, in terms of smartphone sales revenue, the ranking of these two countries are switched with Malaysia garnering US$2.25 billion while Thailand raked in US$1.96 billion in January to September.
“The increasing affordability of smartphones, particularly in the developing markets is helping many consumers in these countries make the switch from their basic feature phones to own their very first smartphone,” said Gerard Tan, Account Director for Digital Technology of GfK Asia. “It is worth highlighting the significant milestone of September being the month whereby sales penetration reached the halfway mark; where one in every two mobile handsets purchased in the region is now a smartphone.”
Huawei turbocharges LTE speed and revenue
Huawei has demonstrated a Turbo Button solution for dramatically boosting delivered LTE speeds with a simple push of a button on a mobile app.
Turbo Button allows mobile subscribers to easily accelerate their data speeds on demand from 1 Mb/s up to 70 Mb/s over a set period of time with just one touch on a downloadable app. The service is especially useful for improving the experience of high-speed web surfing, online gaming, large file uploads and downloads, and HD video streaming among other bandwidth intensive services.
The demo was conducted by Indonesian mobile operator XL Axiata at the recent 2013 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Indonesia and made exclusive use of Huawei’s Networker solution for LTE. XL
Touch-enabled notebooks top wish list
Touch is in. Beyond touch screen phones, users in Asia-Pacific want touch-enabled notebooks.
According to an IDC Asia-Pacific end user survey, 82 percent of respondents prefer a touch-enabled notebook for their next purchase.
The annual survey that studies end user behaviour and usage on client devices. The usage explosion of smartphones and tablets, where touch screen is a prominent feature, is a key driver of taking these screens to the personal computer. The study also finds that the majority of PC users today, even in emerging markets, own a smartphone, especially for 26-35 year olds at 87 percent.
APAC PC shipment down 11.2% in Q3
APAC PC shipment continued to head south with 28.1 million units in Q3, an 11.2 percent decline from Q3 of 2012, according to Gartner. Factors contributing to the drop were currency volatilities, especially in India and Indonesia, where currencies plunged to record lows. Vendors were careful in managing inventory, bearing in mind Windows 8.1 and new models based on Intel’s Bay Trail that will start shipping the following quarter.
Globally, PC shipment totaled 80.3 million units in Q3, an 8.6 percent decline from the same period last year. This marks the sixth consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments.
“The third quarter is often referred to as the ‘back-to-school’ quarter for PC sales, and sales this quarter dropped to their lowest volume since 2008,” said Mikako Kitagawa, Principal Analyst of Gartner. “Consumers’ shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption continued to decrease the installed base of PCs both in mature as well as in emerging markets. A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets.”
Mobile privacy concern could limit widespread adoption of mobile apps in Malaysia and Indonesia
Mobile users in Malaysia and Indonesia are concerned with mobile privacy, according to a new research by GSMA and local mobile operators.
The study of more than 1,500 Malaysian and Indonesian mobile users shows that increased transparency and choice in how their personal data is collected and shared could boost take-up of mobile apps in Indonesia. The mobile apps market globally is worth US$29 billion and growing at 36 per cent per annum. The research was presented at a Data Protection and Privacy Conference hosted by the GSMA, Celcom Axiata and DiGi in Kuala Lumpur.
“It is clear that mobile users are concerned about their privacy and are more likely to interact with apps and receive targeted promotions if they feel it is respected,” said Tom Phillips, Chief Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer of GSMA.