Palapa Ring Project: Indonesia’s Digitalization

Indonesia’s overarching goal to expand its basic digital infrastructure first emerged in the 1990s, through the idea of the Palapa Ring project. The project aimed to provide internet access to the entirety of the 34 provinces in the archipelagic nation and was completed recently in 2019. In 2014, the percentage of households in Indonesia with […]

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CHART OF THE WEEK MAY 28, 2021: ASEAN SME’s Digital Tools Usage

Summary  Currently ASEAN MSMEs have a relatively low level of digital tools usage. There are several factors attributing to this, with the main reason being the digital divide between large and small firms. According to OECD, usage of advanced digital tools differs between sizes of firms even amongst advanced economies. This is only exacerbated in […]

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CHART OF THE WEEK APR 23, 2021: Indonesia’s Internet Accessibility

Summary  When Indonesia was forced to impose lockdowns and other degrees of social restrictions due to the pandemic, the digital sphere presented opportunities to maintain some degree of normalcy. 37%1 of consumers in Indonesia’s digital economy were only recently motivated to come online, due to the pandemic. 93% of consumers new to digital economy intend to continue patronizing online services and goods beyond […]

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CHART OF THE WEEK DEC 18, 2020: ASEAN’s Digitalisation in the Age of RCEP

Summary The highest potential for growth and recovery stemming from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is linked to e-commerce and digital trade. Particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the digital economy is a symbol for rapid and accessible opportunities to connect with suppliers, consumers, and partner firms. This week’s chart of the week […]

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