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  • E-Commerce Indonesia: What Do Indonesian Consumers Buy Online?

    E-Commerce Indonesia: What Do Indonesian Consumers Buy Online?

    Indonesia Investments often reports about Indonesia's blossoming e-commerce industry (a lucrative sector for investors). Online retail is growing rapidly in Southeast Asia's largest economy because both Internet and smartphone penetration are rising sharply in Indonesia, while expanding per capita GDP boosts people's purchasing power. But what do Indonesia's consumers actually buy online? A new survey from Google Indonesia gives some more information.

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  • Number of Internet Users Rising Rapidly in Indonesia

    Number of Internet Users Rising Rapidly in Indonesia

    According to the Indonesian Internet Service Provider Association (or APJII) there are currently 132.7 million Internet users in Indonesia, or approximately 51.8 percent of the total Indonesian population. These figures, which are the result of a survey, are much higher compared to 2014 when APJII data show that there were 88 million Internet users in Indonesia. Meanwhile, APJII Chairman Jamalul Izza informed that about 70 percent of Indonesian Internet users use a mobile device to access the Internet.

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  • Can Indonesia Become the Silicon Valley of Southeast Asia?

    Can Indonesia Become the Silicon Valley of Southeast Asia?

    In June 2016 the "1,000 digital startup movement" was launched by Indonesia's Communication and Information Ministry in cooperation with KIBAR, the nation's technology startup ecosystem builder. This government-backed program targets to see 1,000 startups in the digital economy by the year 2020 with a combined valuation of USD $10 billion. Considering that digitalization has been a key trend around the globe (covering basically all aspects of life), Indonesian authorities want this sector to boom in Indonesia as well, which would also make the whole economy more efficient.

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  • Which Brands Dominate the Smartphone Market in Indonesia?

    Which Brands Dominate the Smartphone Market in Indonesia?

    According to a survey conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC), two brands controlled a combined 45 percent of the smartphone market in Indonesia in the second quarter of 2016. These two brands are Samsung (South Korea) and OPPO (China). On third position comes Asus (Taiwan), followed by the local Indonesian brand Advan and China's Lenovo. Data from IDC also show that smartphone sales in Indonesia grew 3.3 percent year-on-year (y/y) and 22 percent month-on-month (m/m) in Q2-2016. Unfortunately these data do not mention the exact sales volume.

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  • Google & Temasek Positive about Indonesia's Digital Economy Growth

    Google & Temasek Positive about Indonesia's Digital Economy Growth

    Google Inc. and Temasek Holdings Pte released joint research that signals Southeast Asia's digital economy (which includes e-commerce, online games, advertising and other economic activities related to the Internet) will surge to USD $200 billion by 2025. Indonesia's digital market will account for 40.5 percent - or USD $81 billion - of this total market. With an estimated USD $46 billion, Indonesia's e-commerce sector will contribute most to the total.

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  • Palapa Ring Project Indonesia: Construction West Section to Start

    Palapa Ring Project Indonesia: Construction West Section to Start

    The West section of Indonesia's Palapa Ring project is ready for construction according to the Indonesian Communication and Information Ministry. The majority of funds for the West Palapa Ring section - estimated to require IDR 1.28 trillion (approx. USD $97 million) in total - are ready to be disbursed. The Palapa Ring project, which consists of three sections (the West, Central and East sections), is one of Indonesia's priority infrastructure projects. It involves a huge undersea fiber-optic cable network that will offer faster broadband to the entire archipelago.

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  • Internet & Smartphone Penetration in Indonesia Estimated to Grow Strongly

    Internet & Smartphone Penetration in Indonesia Estimated to Grow Strongly

    Audit, assurance, tax & consulting services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) estimates that the world population will number 7.4 billion by 2020. Nearly 52 percent of this population - 3.84 billion - is expected to be connected to the Internet through a smartphone or portable tablet with around half of this Internet audience expected to be able to access high-speed broadband (at least 30 Mbps). PwC added that most of these Internet users - some 92 percent - live outside the United States. Meanwhile, market research company eMarketer expects to see 4.1 billion Internet users by 2020, up from 3.21 billion in 2015.

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  • Palapa Ring Project to Boost Indonesia's Internet Penetration

    Palapa Ring Project to Boost Indonesia's Internet Penetration

    One of Indonesia's priority infrastructure projects in the 2016-2019 period is the Palapa Ring project. This project, involving an undersea fiber-optic cable network that stretches across 13,000 kilometers and an onshore network of nearly 22,000 kilometers, aims to provide fast broadband Internet to Indonesians in both the urban and rural areas. The project is the first government-to-business cooperation scheme within Indonesia's telecommunication sector that utilizes the so-called "availability payment method".

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  • Indonesian Smartphone Users Replace Their Device Every Two Years

    Indonesian Smartphone Users Replace Their Device Every Two Years

    Good news for smartphone manufacturers in Indonesia. Based on a survey conducted by Advan, MARS Research Specialist, and telecommunications expert Hasnul Suhaimi, the majority of Indonesian consumers replace their smartphone with a new one every two years, on average, as they want to own a newer model (with more attractive features and applications) or because they need to replace their damaged smartphone. Another - and obvious - conclusion of the survey was that Indonesian consumers want a high-quality smartphone at an affordable price.

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  • Online Scams in Indonesia: 26% of Consumers Become Victim of Fraud

    Online Scams in Indonesia: 26% of Consumers Become Victim of Fraud

    Global software security group Kaspersky Lab says Indonesia is the leading country in terms of online financial fraud. Based on a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab involving 26 countries around the globe, 26 percent of online consumers in Indonesia become victim of online financial fraud. Countries that rank second and third in this index are Vietnam (25 percent) and India (24 percent). Ross Hogan, Global Head of Kaspersky Lab's Fraud Prevention Division, says the company detected an increasing amount - and a wider variety - of online financial scams worldwide.

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  • Internet & Smartphone Penetration; Indonesians’ Addiction to Smartphones Allows for Rapid Development of the Digital Economy

    Internet & Smartphone Penetration; Indonesians’ Addiction to Smartphones Allows for Rapid Development of the Digital Economy

    Whenever you sit in a coffee shop or restaurant (warung) in Indonesia, enjoying a drink or a meal, you will probably notice that most of the Indonesians around you are in constant contact with their mobile phones (or smartphones), iPads, and laptops. Or, when you walk on the bustling urban streets, you will notice that many Indonesians are sitting or standing next to the road while using their smartphones.

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  • Indonesia Ranks among the World’s Five Biggest Startup Centers

    Indonesia Ranks among the World’s Five Biggest Startup Centers

    Indonesia, the world’s 16th-biggest economy, recently joined the “trillion-US dollar club” having a nominal gross domestic product (GDP) of USD $1.01 trillion. Meanwhile, the country’s annual economic growth has been going at a pace of around 5.0 percent over the past couple of years.

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  • Indonesian Mobile Phone Operators to Thrive on Data Consumption

    Indonesian Mobile Phone Operators to Thrive on Data Consumption

    Three Indonesian telecommunication and network providers are considered to have great room for improving their corporate earnings in the second half of 2017. These companies are Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Indosat Ooredoo, and XL Axiata. Reason why these companies should experience a good performance in H2-2017 is Indonesia's "data consumption trend".

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  • Indonesians Love Instagram, Which Star Has the Largest Following?

    Indonesians Love Instagram, Which Star Has the Largest Following?

    Indonesians love the Internet and love sharing their daily experiences or thoughts with their online friends. Photo-sharing application Instagram draws a huge audience from Indonesia. Reportedly, more then 45 million active users log on to Instagram every month in Indonesia, implying a more than 100 percent year-on-year (y/y) growth pace compared to the number of Indonesian Instagrammers one year ago. What explains this growth? Indonesia's huge population as well as steadily rising Internet and Smartphone penetration.

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  • Google & Indonesia Agree on Tax Settlement after Long Dispute

    Google & Indonesia Agree on Tax Settlement after Long Dispute

    Although the amount remains a secret, the government of Indonesia and Alphabet's Google finally managed to reach an agreement on the tax settlement after a long dispute that started in mid-2016. The news was confirmed by Indonesian Finance Ministry Sri Mulyani Indrawati. The dispute started because Indonesian authorities felt the so-called "over-the-top content" giants, referring to those companies that deliver content through Internet, deliberately did not set up permanent establishments in Indonesia in order to avoid taxes. Besides Google, other examples are Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Indonesia is the World's Fastest Growing Mobile-Commerce Market

    Indonesia is the World's Fastest Growing Mobile-Commerce Market

    A new study conducted by the Better Than Cash Alliance, a partnership consisting of governments, companies, and international organizations, shows Indonesia has now become the world's fastest-growing mobile-commerce market (m-commerce). Growth of online shopping in Southeast Asia's largest economy is attributed to the rising spending power of Indonesia's middle class as well as expanding Internet and smartphone penetration. According to the study, Indonesia's m-commerce market surged 155 percent in 2016.

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  • What Do Indonesians Do with Their Smartphones on Internet?

    What Do Indonesians Do with Their Smartphones on Internet?

    The number of smartphone users in Indonesia is rising rapidly in line with growing per capita GDP and widening Internet penetration across the Archipelago. Based on data from research institute eMarketer there were 69.4 million smartphone users in Indonesia at the end of 2016. Moreover, the number of Indonesian smartphone users is expected to grow to 103 million by 2018, which would make Indonesia the fourth-largest smartphone market worldwide after China, India and the United States.

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  • Rising Investment in Local Content for Indonesia's 4G LTE Smartphones

    Rising Investment in Local Content Indonesia's 4G LTE Smartphones

    Local and foreign smartphone vendors are eager to assemble 4 Generation long term evolution (4G LTE) smartphones in Indonesia. No less than 26 companies (and brand owners) have established assembly plants in Southeast Asia's largest economy with a combined investment value of USD $600 million since 2015. Of these 26 companies, 14 are local players. The number of foreign smartphone manufacturers in Indonesia is expected to grow as a new government regulation comes into force per 1 January 2017.

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