Indonesia Had an Estimated 16 Million Internet Users by the End of 2005; Learn More with This New Report.
This annual report offers a wealth of information on the Broadband and Internet markets in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.
Subjects covered include:
- Internet Infrastructure and Developments
- Internet policies, models and concepts
- Regional and International Networks
- Internet Market, VPNs and VoIP
- Vision for a National Policy, Government Policies
- Network Operators, Wholesalers and Retailers, Utilities Projects
- xDSL, HFC, MDS, Satellite, Cable Modems, Cable Telephony
- Wireless Broadband
This Asia market report covers 11 countries in the South East Asia sub-region. It takes an overall look at the various telecoms markets, together with a particular look at the broadband and Internet segments in each of the countries. The markets covered include:
The move into Internet has been less impressive so far, despite the government's strong support for IT and e-commerce. JTB's BruNet has introduced a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)-based broadband Internet access service.
Internet penetration remains particularly low, with the services on offer being notably expensive in comparison to other countries in the region. In a positive sign, a number of WiFi hotspots have started to appear in Phnom Penh and other locations.
By end-2005, Indonesia had an estimated 16 million Internet users. This, however, represented only about 8% of the population. Broadband services are still in their infancy, with less than 150,000 mainly DSL subscribers. Problems with inferior telecommunications infrastructure will continue to impede Internet growth. Despite all this, the country is considered to have enormous potential as an online market.
The country's political structure, widespread poverty, a general lack of adequate telecom infrastructure, poor English skills and a low level of PC penetration have all contributed to the slow development of Internet in Laos. ISPs in Laos have initially moved cautiously into offering broadband Internet access. In mid-2003, ETL launched a broadband Internet service based on ADSL under a Japanese grant aid project. Lao Telecom then entered the broadband market in early 2004. Planet Online started a wireless broadband service in Vientiane in mid-2005.
Internet access continues to be problematic, being severely restricted in its availability to the general public.
Compared with many of its Asian neighbours, the Philippines has been moving slowly on the adoption of Internet. Of the estimated 6% of the population who are Internet users, only a small fraction (probably around 5%) use a broadband connection to go online. Broadband household penetration is an insignificant 0.5%. Future growth in this area will depend on the provision of reliable infrastructure, especially in support of broadband Internet.
Singapore was the first country in the world to deploy DSL commercially when SingTel launched its service in November 1997. It came as some surprise, therefore, when Singapore was initially slow to move on the large-scale adoption of broadband Internet access. Following a major effort to expand its broadband services, however, the country is now a serious player, with more than 65% of Internet households having broadband access by early 2006. It has positioned itself well for the development and adoption of a full range of triple play and Next Generation (NGN) services.
Whilst Internet has been popular in Thailand for some years now (user penetration of around 14%), broadband access had been languishing. In the 2004/05 period, the number of broadband subscribers suddenly increased more than tenfold. Broadband penetration, however, remained low at around 0.5%.
Despite the government's cautiousness about the Internet (and occasional news reports indicating serious problems with human rights issues), this segment of the market has been gaining a strong foothold. Internet user penetration was running at a healthy 14% by end-2005. Boosted by incumbent VNPT's development of DSL infrastructure, the broadband market finally started to move in 2004; in 2005, the number of broadband subscribers tripled, although by year-end broadband household penetration was only about 1%.
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