TOWARDS A GLOBAL, OPEN, STABLE AND SECURE INTERNET THAT IS AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE TO THE ENTIRE ASIA PACIFIC COMMUNITY.
The Internet is now an essential fact of life, providing employment, livelihood, health, education, access to government services, and much more for billions of people.
But among the Asia Pacific’s 4.3 billion people, the total Internet adoption rate remains below half of the total population at 48.4%. By 2023, it’s estimated this will increase to 72% (3.1 billion users), leaving more than a quarter of region’s population still disconnected.
A ‘digital divide’ exists not only between the ‘connected’ and the ‘unconnected’, but between those who enjoy dependable, fast, secure services and those who do not, with serious implications for efforts to achieve sustainable social and
economic development in the region.
A key challenge is cost – the Internet needs to be more affordable, so low income earners don’t have to choose between connectivity and less food on the table.
With reliable, affordable and secure access to a quality Internet, billions of people can be healthier, better educated, and more productive members of society.
The growth and development of the Internet across the Asia Pacific is at a critical juncture: we have the opportunity now to boost investment in building capacity (both people and infrastructure) to foster an open, stable and secure Internet, accessible to all.
In the Asia Pacific
4.3 billion people total population
51.6% unconnected in 2019
28% still not connected in 2023
Rethinking submarine fibre cable projects in the South Pacific
By Ulrich Speidel on Tue, 19 Apr 2022
Guest Post: Dreaming of a mesh utopia in the Pacific.
2022 ISIF Asia Grants now open for applications
By Hannah Durack on Wed, 16 Mar 2022
The 2022 ISIF Asia Grants and Awards program is one of the largest initiatives of its kind in the Asia Pacific.
New Maldives IXP marks start of joint initiative to support Asia Pacific IXP development
By Robbie Mitchell on Wed, 02 Mar 2022
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