- A metaverse project has been started in Indonesia to aid regional businesses.
- The country of Southeast Asia seeks to support startups that compete with international online service providers.
- It is a component of the nation’s larger plan to reclaim control of the internet from companies like Google and Facebook.
In its most recent move to reclaim control of the internet from Google and Facebook, Indonesia has given the state carrier the duty of developing a metaverse to promote local businesses that compete with foreign services.
According to a statement from the State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, PT Telkom Indonesia has unveiled “metaNesia,” a virtual world designed to assist Southeast Asia’s largest economy in adjusting to the quickly changing internet environment used by its young population.
Memperkenalkan Metanesia. Dunia metaverse Indonesia pertama karya @TelkomIndonesia. Bisa konsultasi dokter @biofarmaID, belanja madu perhutani PTPN hingga test drive mobil. Sebuah percepatan digitalisasi 🔥 pic.twitter.com/OVAsBKwOwC— Erick Thohir (@erickthohir) August 1, 2022
Let Indonesia continue to be the market; don’t let other nations construct a new world with their payment system. Then we’ll kick ourselves,he declared on Sunday (July 31).
Telkom Akan Hadirkan Metaverse Mall Di Digiland 2022 pic.twitter.com/FIJZfQojM7— Telkom Indonesia (@TelkomIndonesia) July 29, 2022
There are few specifics regarding the operation and scope of metaNesia. According to Thohir, it will serve as a platform for Indonesia’s micro, small, and medium-sized firms to exhibit their products on an even playing field with larger overseas companies. Additionally, he claimed, organizations will be able to provide more individuals on metaNesia with essential social services like online medical consultations.
The service offers both a Metaverse Concert for events and a Metaverse Mall with stores, services, and entertainment. Later this year, it hopes to hold an NFT marketplace, online meetings, and even yoga and esports events.
Facebook’s mainstream adoption exploded after it changed its name to Meta Platforms in October of last year. The growth of the new business has also been aided by the ongoing infusion of venture capital funds into Web3 goods, a decentralized internet format termed the next generation of the web.
Indonesia aspires to be at the forefront of the metaverse and Web3 projects, which Southeast Asia has been one of the leading early adopters of, by allowing local enterprises to compete with their similarly affluent international rivals.
In other news, China’s largest city, Shanghai too, aspires to take the lead in the country’s economic recovery by developing metaverse goods and services, smart terminal technology, and low-carbon energy projects.