Apple opening development centre in Jakarta
Mon 28 Nov 2016
Apple’s latest research and development center, to be located in Jakarta, will have a location and building plans finalized by the end of this year.
Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara said in an interview that the project is in the last stages of development, and is ready to be finalized by the Industry and Communications Ministries of Indonesia.
“By late December, they will commence the execution for the location. So, in 2017, they will start building structures and recruiting employees,” he said.
Several locations in Jakarta are currently under consideration, and while Rudinantara said that he has figures for the value of the research and development center, he declined to give exact amounts.
“I know how much the investment (is) worth, but I can’t say it,” he said.
News of the new research and development center in Indonesia comes soon after other revelations of Apple’s plans for expansion throughout Asia. Last May Apple announced that it would be building an iOS Design and Development Center in Bengaluru India to help support talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The Bengaluru Center is expected to open early next year.
Apple has also been working closely with Indian Prime Minister Modi to open retail stores in India, as well as promoting iOS developers as part of Modi’s Digital India campaign.
Just two months ago, Apple announced it was planning a second research and development center in China. The first, located in Beijing, was scheduled for completion by the end of the year. The second, to be located in the Shenzhen manufacturing district is slated to be operational in 2017.
With a large population and high projected growth in technology markets, Indonesia presents a very attractive customer base for Apple. Indonesia’s population is currently fourth in the world with over 250 million people. Internet penetration has been steadily increasing and is now at about 34% or 88 million people.
Currently, 43% of the population own smartphones, and that number is expected to continue to grow as smartphones become more accepted, and used in place of computers and laptops for mobile access.