Indonesia Dealbook : Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 to be produced locally; Smartfren ties up with Nokia; KompasGramedia joins hands with Brightcove

Visual from the Samsung website. September 2015

 

Indonesian sectors of telecom and media saw several new developments with Samsung Electronics Indonesia manufacturing Galaxy Note 5 locally in a bid to fullfill the new in Indonesian legal contnet limit in mobile devices (20 per Icent). Local operator PT Smartfren Telecom Tbk (FREN) has joined hands with Finland’s Nokia to develop its LTE-Advanced network, even as Indonesian media & publishing firm KompasGramedia tied up with US based Brightcove for digital media expansion.  .

Samsung Indonesia plant rolls out Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Indonesia, a unit of South Korea’s conglomerate Samsung Corporation, has started to manufacture its latest line of handsets, domestically. This is in line with a the new governmnet policy that outlines that 20 per cent of the inputs for the mobile handsets be sourced locally.

The company’s Galaxy Note 5 is being manufactured at its plant in Cikarang, West Java. Samsung Electrics Indonesia IT and mobile business marketing director Vebbyna Kaunang said, the handset production has fulfilled the local industrial content level of 20 per cent.

In JuneIndustry Minister Saleh Husin inaugurated Samsung’s new $23-million phone assembly plant in the EJIP industrial estate. The company already produces various electronic devices – televisions, audio devices, refrigerators and washing machines – at its manufacturing and assembling plant in the area.

Previously, Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara had revealed the government’s plans to boost local content in cell phones.

Mobile operator Smartfren deploys Nokia Networks service

Smartfren, an Indonesian mobile operator with close to 12 million subscribers, has deployed Nokia Networks’ virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) network for its LTE-Advanced service that leverages the hybrid TDD-FDD LTE technology. The vEPC includes Nokia’s Flexi Network Server (NS) and Flexi Network Gateway (NG).

Christian Daigneault, chief technology officer (CTO) of Smartfren, said the operator is deploying the most advanced LTE technology together with the support of Nokia to achieve the highest speeds with TDD at 2300 MHz and the widest coverage with FDD at 850 MHz.

Last month, Smartfren commercially launched its 4G LTE-Advanced network in 22 major cities across the country. The new 4G LTE-Advanced service leverages both the FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE standards to increase bandwidth, enabling customers to enjoy improved multimedia streaming, online games, cloud storage and video conferencing.

Under the contract, Nokia Networks deployed the network in 11 cities across Western Indonesia, including Jakarta area. Nokia has also deployed Nokia Networks’ Flexi Zone small cell solution and 4G indoor pico base stations to optimize indoor coverage. In addition, Nokia supported the deployment with its Network Management suite, NetAct and iSON Manager, a centralized Self Organizing Networks solution to optimize Smartfren’s network efficiency.

KompasGramedia picks Brightcove to power digital media

KompasGramedia has tied up US Brightcove Inc. (BCOV), a provider of cloud services for video, to power the video experiences for its leading digital media news properties and entertainment channels online. Brightcove will enable the next generation of online video distribution and publishing for the company

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Singapore Reporter/s

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Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

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  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.