JAKARTA, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- The increase of Internet users in Indonesia triggers growth of technology companies as the users need Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL), 3G, computers and wireless equipments to access Internet, an official told Xinhua in exclusive interview on Wednesday.
Estella Tan, sales director of D-Link International Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based technology company, said that in the past three years, Internet users in Indonesia have been increasing very fast, with the support of government's technology friendly policies, widespread social networking media and emergence of affordable smart phones.
"Growth is very big. Internet brought Indonesians to another level (of life). Now they don't just read newspaper or magazines. They access data and information from everywhere with their cellular phones. That makes technology companies grow faster than before," said Tan.
She said that the Indonesian government has made Internet usage more popular by implementing Internet friendly policies such as lowering cost of Internet.
"Three years ago, Internet was very expensive. Now, Internet is very affordable, encouraging people to use Internet in their daily life," she said.
Tan also said that widespread social networking media help a lot in popularizing Internet among people.
"Most people want to socialize and communicate each other with low cost. Social networking media play critical role for the purpose. Young people of 20s like to communicate with a low cost, by chatting in the Internet. It's fine. It will bring them to the next level, not just having fun, but also for business," she said.
In fact, said Tan, many technology companies embrace the media to market their products and to get closer with their customers.
She also said that affordable smart phones equipped with access to Internet contribute to the increase of Internet users as not all people can buy more expensive smart phones like BlackBerry.
"It's an encouraging trend as more and more people can communicate and access data from everywhere," she said.
Indonesia has 45 million Internet users so far in 2010, sharply increased from 1 million in 1999.