Telkom wants more revenue from digital business

Telkom_indonesia_corporate_logoWith its money and infrastructure, Telkom should be able to do this, easily. Yes, easily!

Judging from the company’s previous and existing digital products’ perfomances, I think Telkom should try another approach instead: to find and hire outsiders to build their digital empire. And lets see how it goes.

Publicly listed telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is stepping up efforts to expand its digital services in a bid to boost income.

Telkom acting president director Indra Utoyo said his firm aimed to maintain double-digit growth in its digital service business next year.

“We estimate that our digital service business will still grow by double-digits next year.

It will contribute 9 percent to our projected revenue total of Rp 100 trillion [US$8.2 billion] next year,” he said Tuesday after the launch of Jakarta Digital Valley, which is aimed at developing local Internet-based startup companies.

[Source: The Jakarta Post]

Samsung to launch a new mobile video service

samsung_phone_by_gizmodoLooks like Samsung is trying to be a media company, too — just like jumping into the crowded bandwagon.

The South Korean company is rebooting its mobile video strategy with “tens of millions of dollars” investment, the Information reports.

The idea is to create a short-form video as a new mobile service. Think Netflix, but lower-budget and probably without Kevin Spacey,” wrote Gizmodo. According to CNET, as a comparison, Netflix’s original content budget is roughly $350 million.

Samsung has ditched its Video Hub last year, because of conflicts with Google’s Play Store, but it apparently hasn’t given up. This move is Samsung’s another attempt in finding a way to deliver consumer media services.

Bandung: IC3INA 2014

IC3INA (International Conference on Computer, Control, Informatics and its Applications) is an annual conference, organised byResearch Center for Informatics, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). Since 2013, the IEEE Indonesia Section co-organised this conference as technical sponsor. This year, IC3INA was conducted in Bandung, October 21st-23rd.

I attended this conference as one of Scientific Committee member, and as the chair of the IEEE Indonesia Section. Last year (2013), they made me the moderator of all keynote speech session on opening day. But this year (2014), they only wanted me to present a 5 minutes speech as an IEEE representative.

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Here’s what I read:

Assalaamu’alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh.

Distinguished Ladies & Gentlemen,

It’s always enchanting to be around the community of scientist, researchers, academicians, and technology professionals. Representing the IEEE, and especially the IEEE Indonesia Section, I would like to express our gratitude to be involved for this distinguished event, the IC3INA 2014 in Bandung, Indonesia, organised by LIPI.

We have known that the IEEE was established more than 125 years ago. This organisation is a home for scientists and engineers from the industrial world and academic domain to synergise their idea, and to collaborate their efforts to understand more about the nature and to engineer it toward a better life. In Indonesia, the Section was established only 26 years ago, and is now actively fostering the academic and professional engineering activities in Indonesia with its 10 chapters representing 15 different fields, and 7 student branches. It is a place for the engineering ecosystem to work in partnership and collaboration to enhance the dynamics and quality of our researches, our academic and professional works, for our mission to advance the technology for humanity.

The second decade of the 21st century has been witnessing new paradigms for the Information Technology. The Internet, which has previously revolutionized the communication and interaction among people, has started its next evolution to be the Internet-of-Things (IOT), with the ability to connect any digital entity or virtually anything to the network of information and knowledge. Information processing does not stop with just doing computation over data input, but would also enrich the information with aggregation of various supporting knowledge, with context-awareness. Big data technology allows the aggregation of large amounts of information from various sources intelligently to obtain results that are sometimes unpredictable.

But the challenge is to develop and to implement those new computing paradigms in real applications to enhance the value of human life. While we carry out researches on Big Data, we keep in mind that this is one of the key technologies to improve the quality of life. We expect better understanding to the universe and human, better education approach, personalised health care, smart city integrated with ubiquitous sensing networks, smart businesses that understand their customers in person, better approach for environment conservation, and others. The interesting thing about Big Data is the necessity on its implementation to maximize the role of the ecosystem, to involve all stakeholders in designing a disruptive lifestyle with this technology.

So let’s have some discussions, and warm networkings. All the best for you; all the best for the profession. Thank you.

Bandung, 21 October 2014

Kuncoro Wastuwibowo
Chair, IEEE Indonesia Section
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