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Microsoft set to invest £1.4bn to improve cloud and AI in Indonesia

Written by Thu 2 May 2024

Microsoft has announced a four-year £1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) investment plan to enhance cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure in Indonesia, the same day Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Beyond infrastructure improvements, around 840,000 people will be up-skilled in AI, with the burgeoning developer community in the country also seeing a boost. This collaboration forms part of the ambitious Golden Indonesia 2045 Vision put in place by the Government, which hopes to transform Indonesia into a global economic powerhouse.

Nadella said the new generation of AI is reshaping how people live and work everywhere, including in Indonesia.

“The investments we are announcing today, spanning digital infrastructure, skilling, and support for developers, will help Indonesia thrive in this new era,” added Nadella.

A number of initiatives are being funded due to this major investment. The AI Odyssey project is focused on supporting 10,000 Indonesian developers to learn new AI skills through Microsoft credentials so they can become AI subject matter experts.

According to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, Budi Arie Setiadi, the partnership aligns with the ambition of the country to use digital innovation to succeed. By accessing the digital talents of young Gen Z Indonesians, the country aims to level up its workforce.

“I am confident this partnership will open up new horizons for Indonesia, positioning us not only as consumers of technology but as pivotal contributors to the global technological supply chain,” said Budi Arie Setiadi.

In addition to the investment in Indonesia, Microsoft also announced it will offer AI skilling opportunities for 2.5 million people in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states by 2025.

In practice, this will see students benefit from vocational training in AI skills through the AI TEACH for Indonesia programme and introduce the Ready4AI&Security programme to bring more women into the cybersecurity sector.

In April, Microsoft said it plans to more than double its existing data centre capacity this year to meet a sharp spike in expected demand driven by cross-industry AI adoption.

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Written by Thu 2 May 2024

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