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Firms based in Indonesia prefer to store data overseas

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, September 17, 2019   /  07:18 pm
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A fintech application is on display. Cloud has been a popular way of storing data for companies based in Indonesia.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Many companies operating in Indonesia store their data overseas rather than in the country, as foreign cloud providers offer greater reliability. Indonesian Cloud Computing Association (ACCI) secretary-general Fanky Christian said many companies opted for overseas data centers, as this provided them with faster internet connections and international standards, whereas building data storage onshore would require large investment. “Using cloud services is much cheaper, as companies do not have to spend billions of rupiah to establish data centers [in Indonesia, which] would also require them to invest in capable human resources to manage the data centers,” Fanky told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. Given this environment, the Communications and Information Ministry has canceled a plan to force private companies to store data onshore, as it seeks to ensure a favorable busin...