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Jakarta Post

Other islands close gap with Java in digital competitiveness

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A family in Pati, Central Java, uses a video conferencing application on a laptop on 5 May, 2020. (Antara/Harviyan Perdana Putra)
Eisya A. Eloksari
Jakarta   ●   Thu, March 18, 2021

The touristy Bali and Riau Islands have become more attractive locations for tech companies, challenging the dominance of Java, as Indonesia’s provinces compete to capture a bigger slice of Southeast Asia’s largest digital economy.

The two provinces moved up three ranks within the list of top ten tech-friendly Indonesian locations in the 2021 Digital Competitiveness Index (DCI), which is an annual study funded by venture capital firm East Ventures and conducted by Katadata Insight Center.

The study attributed the rise of non-Java provinces to infrastructure development, such as wider coverage of mobile communication signals, more houses with landlines and electricity as well as rising spending on internet data and phone credit.

“The pandemic definitely has an impact on the DCI score, because people are pushed to go online, such as by usi...

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