Asia, connected

by Pei Ying Loh

The internet today has approximately 3.5 billion users globally—equivalent of about 45 percent of the world’s population. The majority of these users are in Asia, which is no surprise given that China and India have the largest populations in the world.

But Asia is not only simply connected to the internet—it is very well connected. South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore boast some of the fastest average internet speeds in the world. Asia is also leading in 4G with many East and Southeast nations having more than 90 percent coverage. How did a largely developing continent surge ahead?

First, how does the world get internet?
In reality, the world’s internet is provided by a complex network of submarine cables laid at the bottom of the ocean.
Why not satellites?

A 3D rendering of a submarine cable being laid onto the ocean floor.

Wiring Asia
Places with a greater reliance and need for connectivity are also likely to have more connections.

An image of how the earthquake in the Luzon Strait off the coast of Taiwan had affected the many underwater submarine cables.

Staying connected, anytime, anywhere
Uneven landscape
What’s next?
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