Investing in Internet connectivity: Unlocking local opportunities

Event Details
  • June 25th, Tuesday, 11:15am - 12:45pm
  • Room 308

This session will explore the barriers and opportunities for investing in connectivity solutions, the experiences from grants programmes and investors in this field as well as reviewing the experiences from investees in the field.

More than half of the world population lacks access to the Internet, mostly across developing economies in Asia. As more government, health, education and financial services and applications rely on affordable, reliable and high-speed connectivity to serve communities around the world, different types of investment mechanisms are contributing to develop local businesses capacity to expand coverage and bridge the digital divide. This session will explore what are the barriers and opportunities for investing in connectivity solutions, the experiences from grants programs and investors in this field as well as reviewing the experiences from investees in the field.

Key Takeaways

  • Explore the key challenges that need to be addressed to bridge the digital divide in Asia
  • Understand the potential for investors in internet infrastructure development
  • Highlight the limitations for financial and digital inclusion programs without adequate internet coverage

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