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Microsoft To Invest $2.5 Billion In Indonesian Cloud Networks

Microsoft is planning to invest around $2.5 billion to develop cloud computing networks in Indonesia.

Chris Sharp Microsoft's regional cloud strategist for Asia Pacific and Japan, told The Jakarta Globe that the company could potentially see an annual $75 million being generated from cloud computing services in the country, making it one of the most favourable sectors to invest in.

The company will partner with Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Infynis System, Astra Graphia Information and Greenview for the cloud computing initiative.

Telekomunikasi Selular, which is a subsidiary of Telekom, announced last week that the company is to partner with search giant Google to launch a new cloud-based service called Business Connect. This will allow users to access email, office productivity tools, instant messaging and Google Apps.

“It’s going to be cost-saving and efficient because instead of spending on capital expenditure, a company would spend on operational expansion using cloud computing,” Sutanto Hartono CEO for Microsoft Indonesia said during the Microsoft Cloud Summit in Jakarta.