• ICT

    OBG’s coverage of the telecoms sector looks at market structure, regulatory framework, government goals, foreign participation and the roll-out of new technologies. Our ICT analysis reviews hardware and software markets, corporate spending, national bandwidth and government support.
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With purchases and transactions increasingly moving away from cash and towards digital channels during the pandemic, both central banks and private institutions around the world are continuing to explore the potential of digital currencies.

Some industries are seeing notable growth despite the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, with this trajectory expected to steepen as Covid-19 wanes. Among these is augmented reality (AR), with Indonesia offering a case study of a country at the forefront of its expansion.

After enjoying years of exponential growth, South-east Asia’s super apps have been forced to reassess their business models as a result of Covid-19, with many refocusing their priorities as they plan for the post-pandemic world.

The proliferation of digital innovations that allow people to work from home and make transactions online has been key to mitigating some of the challenges of the coronavirus. However, this digital shift has also heightened the threat of cyberattacks, particularly in emerging markets. 

 

The laying of two subsea fibre-optic cables – one international and one domestic – are among the recent and promising ICT developments in Papua New Guinea. There is optimism that these will help expand access and reduce costs in rural areas, which are home to over 80% of the country’s 8.6m-strong population. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen...

 

How would you evaluate the completion of the Coral Sea Cable Project and the Kumul Submarine Cable Network, and what are the benefits of these?

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