I previously posted some statistical data on the internet penetration here in the Philippines. Yesterday afternoon, a couple of speakers from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) presented the current status of ICT in Malaysia during our workshop. In that presentation, they also shared research figures of Asia Pacific’s broadband penetration.
Leading the pack is South Korea and Hong Kong with 75.1 and 74.6 on the total households followed by Japan and Taiwan tied at 58.6, then Australia (50.9), Singapore (44.1) and New Zealand (31.2). At the bottom are the Philippines (1.0), India (0.7) and Indonesia (0.1).
View from the 22nd floor of Gurney Resort & Hotel, Penang, Malaysia. So many free wifi around!
During the Q&A session, I threw them several questions regarding Malaysia’s current status on Mobile TV and Mobile 3G. Surprisingly, they are still also in the extended testing phase for Mobile TV and mobile 3G is priced at an eat-all-you package of RM120 or roughly $35.
One of the delegates later showed me their mobile 3G and its just similar to what we have here. They tell me I can even buy a prepaid SIM card and use my 3G phone to surf though I might need to top up the load credits first. Now, if only Smart 3G or Globe Visibility could also do international 3G roaming, that would be great too.