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Vietnam's Internet penetration, increased to 44% from 12% a decade ago

     
7:03 am on Jun 15, 2015 (gmt 0)

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http://www.wsj.com/article_email/vietnams-mobile-revolution-catapults-millions-into-the-digital-age-1434085300-lMyQjAxMTI1MjE2MjgxODI0Wj [wsj.com]

Vietnamís Mobile Revolution Catapults Millions Into the Digital Age

Internet penetration has grown to 44% of the communist stateís 90 million people from 12% a decade ago. Much of that is driven by smartphones, which are used by more than a third of the population.

This mobile-first expansion is powering a range of online services, many of which are showing their first signs of serious growth, such as mobile e-commerce. A Vietnamese government agency forecasts the market for e-commerce will generate revenue of $4 billion this year compared with $700 million in 2012.
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That's interesting. Isn't this common in Asia, the preference for mobile access versus desktop?
4:55 pm on June 16, 2015 (gmt 0)

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It's not really about "preference" as such is it? More about access.
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You'll see this a lot in densely populated areas that don't have the copper-wire infrastructure built up. It's so much cheaper to get up to speed wirelessly. Who has the money to build up a wired network in these developing areas? They can just leapfrog to the latest wireless tech for a fraction of the cost of digging up the streets and laying fiber.