Internet for All Indonesians
Google expanding public Wi-Fi program to the archipelago
By Paul Goddard
Monday, August 28, 2017
Google is to launch its Google Station public Wi-Fi program in Indonesia as part of the cyber giant’s plans to build technology and Internet access for all, and help the nation become a digital powerhouse in Southeast Asia.
“Our goal at Google is to build technology not for just a few people — but for everyone,” said Tony Keusgen, Managing Director of Google Indonesia. “We want every person coming online to get as much from the Internet as you and I do.”
This is the first expansion of the program, which offers free connectivity for users who might otherwise not be able to afford it, at railway stations, universities and other locations in India, where it launched in January 2016.
“Today we are working to do this in three major areas: bringing better access to the Internet, easier access to relevant and useful information, and more ways Indonesians can shape the Internet to make it work for them.
“Improving these areas — with game-changing products like Google Station and programs like developer training initiatives — will help support Indonesia on its way to becoming the digital powerhouse of Southeast Asia, ” Keusgen said.
“We’re bringing together our technology and our partners’ established infrastructure to deliver public Wi-Fi and, thanks to FiberStar and CBN, we will be rolling out Google Station to hundreds of venues across Java and Bali in the first year.”
Google is also bringing its data-friendly YouTube Go app, previously only available in India, to Indonesia.
A 2016 report co-authored by Google projected that Southeast Asia’s Internet economy will grow 6.5-fold to $197 billion by 2025, with Indonesia expected to represent around half, including key categories such as e-commerce and ride-hailing.