14 Jan '11, 12pm

ASEAN plans own Internet exchange

KUALA LUMPUR: Southeast Asian nations will set up their own Internet exchange by 2015. This is to facilitate greater Internet traffic within the ASEAN grouping, as well as to reduce costs. The move is part of ASEAN's ICT (Information and Communications Technology) masterplan launched in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur on Friday. Pledging their commitment to enhancing online connectivity, communications ministers from the 10 ASEAN members vowed to embrace ICT as the engine of growth. Under the ICT masterplan, key strategies aim to promote social and economic integration of member countries and to improve the lives of some 600 million ASEAN residents. Measures include providing affordable access to technologies and infrastructure, human capital development, and bridging the digital divide among countries. To enhance broadband connectivity, the ministers agreed to set up an ASEAN bro...

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