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In an earlier post here I noted the potential emergence of a growing digital divide in the region.

That division related to internet use, but there is also the question of internet speed. I’m grateful to the source here for producing the below graphic.


The most interesting element to me is the very limited correlation between internet use and internet speed. Unsurprisingly Singapore rates highly on both speed and penetration, but the less than impressive speeds enjoyed by the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam seem to have done little to dampen their enthusiasm for the internet.

Furthermore, looking at the ASEAN average speed noted above, it is revealing, depending on your interpretation, either just how few Southeast Asian enjoy even average internet speeds, or just how good Singapore’s telecommunication networks are compared with everyone else.

I hope to return to this topic in a later post.