Google’s new focus on Indonesia
Indonesia might be just the market Google is looking for after its recent withdrawal from China, with the company’s announcement of extra Indonesian language and content to its local site. It will also promote its Chrome browser with several extensions designed specifically for Indonesian users, including news services like Detik.com and Kompas.com, lifestyle site Kapanlagi.com, and international Indonesian diaspora forum Kaskus.us.
Indonesia has 45 million internet users and counting, and other online behemoths like Yahoo! are paying attention. Yahoo! hinted last week it would focus on developing mobile services across Asia and Google will definitely be looking for its slice of the pie. As is often the case with foreign corporate moves into Indonesia, Google’s plans are more about future potential than current revenue streams. It shows, though, that more companies are backing up their votes of confidence with actual cash.
source & article: the Jakarta Globe
- Could Indonesia overtake Thailand as an auto manufacturer?
- Indonesia to give tax holidays to major foreign investors
- US$4.7bn in major gas projects approved for Indonesia
- RIM may set up Blackberry procurement center in Penang
- Indonesia strong enough to cope with ‘hot money’, but still wary
- Google keen on Indonesian market, less keen on local regulation
- More on Indonesia’s entrepreneurial spirit
- Indonesian courier start-up Go-Jek wins fame, prize
- More longer-term investment flows into Indonesia
- Indonesia needs more reform to reach potential