Last month, Apple officially agreed to establish a research and development center in Indonesia. Now comes a report provided by Daily News where the company has allegedly partnered with manufacturer Foxconn to accelerate planned expansion in the Southeast Asia region.
Minister of Communication and Information of Indonesia said last month that the Cupertino company will locate its research and development plant in the city of Jakarta in early 2017. As reported by the Daily News news site, Apple has now teamed with Foxconn (the current iPhones maker) to carry out its plans. In the Daily News article it is not clear how Foxconn can help accelerate Apple's research and development expansion in Southeast Asia.
In addition to the Jakarta R & D center, Apple will begin to build another such facility in Shenzhen, China. This year, the media said the Cupertino firm was looking for a place to establish its first Chinese research and development center in the technology incubation area of Beijing Zhongguancun Science Park.
At the outset, the advantage of all this would be that Foxconn has already been operating in Indonesia for a couple of years, forming an alliance with local supplier Luna and global technology toolmaker Huawei.
The report indicates that Foxconn may have increased demand for 4G smartphone manufacturing in 2017 as the Indonesian government is soon expected to begin pushing policies to encourage 2G users in the country to switch to 4G services. If this happens as is speculated, Foxconn should keep in mind that much of the 250 million Indonesians will want to upgrade to 4G technology.