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Internet penetration up amid availability of cheap smartphones: Nielsen
Cheap 4G smartphones have prompted Indonesians to leave their older phones behind, leading to an increase in smartphone penetration to 35 percent as of the first half of 2016, according to a Nielsen Indonesia survey.
The data analysis company recorded that smartphone penetration increased from 12 percent in 2013 to 26 percent in 2015, while conventional phone penetration decreased from 67 percent to 48 percent in the same period.
"Chinese and local manufacturers offer a lot of cheap smartphones, driving the big manufacturers to create their entry level smartphone," Nielsen Indonesia spokeswoman Hellen Katherina said in Jakarta on Thursday.
The development of 4G LTE (fourth generation-long term evolution) network also contributed to the market changes, she continued, as people wanted to enjoy the fast reliable internet service and did not mind buying more affordable 4G LTE smartphones for Rp 1 million (US$76).
"Based on our survey, internet penetration has now reached 39 percent compared to last year at 34 percent. Of that number, 36 percent of internet users surfed through a mobile device, compared to 29 percent last year," Hellen said.
Nielsen Indonesia surveyed 11 cities and gathered responses from 16,000 samples to come up with the result.
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Indonesia to launch 13th economic package this month
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said on Wednesday that the government would release its 13th economic policy package in August, adding that the draft had been completed.
Darmin said the 13th package was largely an extension of the previous one, but would expand its focus beyond industry. The 12th package focused on small and medium enterprises.
"We are just waiting to schedule a meeting with the president," Darmin told reporters at his office. He refused to give the exact date the new policy package would come into effect.
The ministry team must meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo one more time to finalize the details, Darmin said.