Growth in Indonesian Technology

Indonesia has a population of 257 million people. This population has an education rate of only 57.74% completing high school education. Technology has taken the world by storm over the past 20 years. The rapidity has stormed down industry doors and taken over. Technology needs to help further education and society through influencing the younger generation.
Indonesia are gradually understanding the importance of technological adaption.
A prime example of technological change is the traditional ‘ojek’. This was the concept of waving down a motorbike/scooter from a local corner or hot spot, circa 2010. Introducing Go-Jek. This tech start-up revolutionized the ojek driver. Getting a bike turned from luck and if you can find one, to a click on your phone and the driver will arrive instantly. Then comes Grab and Uber. Both crash the traditional industry down and establish a new, technological age. This helped forge the path for a governmental understanding that technology can boom in Indonesia, and after this, policy changes and domestic investment followed.

This is a prime example of how the Indonesian environment will adjust over the coming years to technology. At first, they were reluctant to change, but once the idea had been developed and the market developed, massive approval rates came, along with diversification.

Internet Demand

The youth of Indonesia can be seen as one of the most social-media driven demographics globally. With an estimated 92 million smart phone users by 2019, and currently over 69 million Facebook users, internet connection is in high demand and growth. This technological adaption is predicted to funnel into the older generation slowly, and eventually cover the whole archipelago. Telecommunication companies are still creating the 4G network, which does not reach the rural areas currently, but have expanded over 100 cities domestically.

Application development has become a big player in the economy throughout Indonesia in the past 5 years. A InMobi analysis stated that Indonesia is one of the top places globally for developing apps. Additionally, Indonesia has one of the fastest growing app markets in the world. This growth is where application development needs to solve social needs such as Digital Infrastructure (ranked 85th out of 144 countries globally) and Internet Bandwidth (77th Globally). If social issues are addressed by the developing technological era the country will advance rapidly and efficiently.

Educational Development

One area that Indonesia have fallen behind is the enrollment rate of middle school and high school students. This is a key area for technological development as it teaches the young demographic how to use technology for business, the economy and their-selves. Completion of high school student is only at 57.74%, which has been address and government changes have been put in place to increase this low figure.


Technological adaption in Indonesia has seen rapid change in the past 5 years, and with this advancements across the archipelago are evident. With the world’s 4th largest population change will take time, but the Indonesian culture needs to invent change and push it. Without this, companies like will not be able to help social inefficiencies like traffic congestion and logistics wastage. 

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One Reply to “Growth in Indonesian Technology”

  1. Well, the truth is that Indonesia is still ranked 111th out of 176, on global ICT ranking, according to the International Telecommunication Union. Yet it is considered among the 10 most dynamic countries and hardly anybody would deny that Indonesia is on the rise and is here to emerge as a powerful player of the ICT scene in Asia over the long term. I find it meaningful that Apple opened in the country its second largest R&D facility in the world, just recently. There is tremendous potential in Indonesian engineers. Working with them everyday, as a French national, I can see how good and dedicated to learn they are. One of the key problems they face is that they do not quite yet get the international exposure they deserve and the opportunity to integrate exciting international technology projects. It makes sense to help bridge the gap between Indonesian talents and global opportunities, now that remote work is becoming standard and streamlined. This is exactly what we do at DevCity, as a social enterprise dedicated to providing Indonesian developers with stronger international exposure. We hope that more companies like ours will open in the near future.
    Olivier, co-founder,

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