Author: Masyitha Baziad
Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has cut short his first state visit to the United States to return home and look into the increasingly critical haze situation, but first managed to get US President Barack Obama to agree to deeper ICT cooperation between the two countries.
A year after having come into power, Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo will make his first official state visit to the United States where he hopes to promote greater awareness of the republic’s digital and startup ecosystem.
It is the responsibility of all stakeholders, both public and private, to connect as many people as possible to the Internet, Facebook Inc’s vice president of Business Development John Lagerling told the Indosat IDByte 2015 conference in Jakarta.
Online shopping mall Blibli.com is trying to differentiate itself by embracing Indonesian SMEs, according to its CEO Kusumo Martanto, who is also hoping that soon-to-unveiled government regulations will boost the eocsystem while protecing local players and consumers.
The online retail space in Indonesia has certainly seen its share of new players in the past few years, and Muslimarket.com is no exception – except, perhaps, in a lot of the details, including its intention to comply with Sharia or Islamic law.
Having seen cars operated by its drivers seized by Jakarta’s transport authority, ride-sharing startup Uber Technologies Inc is taking steps to legalise its operations in Indonesia, while saying that it has been having difficulty trying to engage with said authority.
With growing mobile Internet use and the booming Internet of Things (IoT), the demand for Internet addresses will only explode, and businesses have no choice but to migrate from Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).
Undeterred by its current Internet penetration rate of only 34.9%, Indonesia has laid down the gauntlet and said it intends to overtake its Asean neighbor Malaysia by 2019, although it now lags behind even Thailand.
Indonesia has a trade deficit of US$1.9 billion, and its Government is trying to tighten the outflow with a new regulation could adversely affect the nation's vibrant smartphone market.