A supporter takes a selfie with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Internet speeds in the country lag the region’s. Photo: AFP

In Duterte’s Philippines, fears of slow internet trump fears of China

  • In granting a licence to a joint venture backed by China Telecom, the Philippine leader is going against the grain
  • But for social-media crazy consumers hampered by some of the slowest speeds in the region, national security isn’t the main concern
Topic |   The Philippines

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A supporter takes a selfie with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Internet speeds in the country lag the region’s. Photo: AFP
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The region’s internet economy is on the up but profits at telecoms firms are going down. Photo: AFP

Asia’s digital economy is booming. So why are Singtel and Co struggling?

  • As tech firms and internet services ride a wave of success, the firms supplying their lifeline – data and connectivity – are caught in a downward spiral
  • But while price wars, falling profits and cost cutting may be bad news for telcos, there’s a payoff for consumers – at least for now
Topic |   Singapore

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The region’s internet economy is on the up but profits at telecoms firms are going down. Photo: AFP
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