Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOGL - Free Report) Google is rolling out its free Wi-Fi program Google Station in Indonesia as part of which public places like railway stations and universities will have free connectivity.
The program will be initially launched in a few cities and expanded going ahead. Google is working with internet service providers (ISPs), system integrators and venue owners on this endeavor.
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Replicating the Success in India
Google launched this program in India in January 2016, partnering with Indian Railways’ Internet services arm RailTel to provide public Wi-Fi service at the Mumbai Central station. In September, Google expanded the project to other public places including malls, cafes, universities, stations and hangout spots.
The company claims that the service is currently active in more than 150 stations and plans to extend it to 400. With the new move, it seems that Google is trying to repeat the success of this program in Indonesia.
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Opportunities in Indonesia
According to eMarketer, Indonesia currently has about 100.8 million internet users, the highest among Southeast Asian countries. The figure is expected to reach 137.2 million by 2021.
However high-speed internet connectivity is lacking in the nation. Per a data from Akamai, Indonesia had just 7.2 megabits per second (Mbps) of average data connection speed in the first quarter of 2017.
Furthermore, mobile users of the country prefer connecting to Wi-Fi rather than internet from mobile service providers to save usage fees. Per a JakPat survey from February 2017, more than 50% of mobile internet users in the country connected to Wi-Fi on a daily basis.
Furthermore, according to a report by Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek and Google, the internet economy of Southeast Asia is expected to surge to a massive $200 billion by 2025.
These trends offer ample opportunities for Google to tap the growing number of data conscious and budget friendly internet users in Indonesia and lure them to its high-speed services.
The company is also launching the YouTube Go app in the country that will allow users save videos and watch or share them offline.
We believe that with this move, Google is looking to strengthen its global foothold as well as boost ad revenues. The company’s ability to innovate has translated into strong growth as it continues to adapt to changing market trends.
It seems that it has all resources and technology to create successful ventures in Asia. The company is banking on its huge cash balance and technological prowess to pursue growth in any market that exhibits true potential.
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