Need for Speed: Penang’s Broadband Dilemma

By Timothy Choy

June 2019 FEATURE
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It was not too long ago when the modem sang a dial-up tune every time I wanted to connect to the internet. Mum’s occasional phone call meant that I had to get off Friendster. Internet connection outside the home? Unthinkable. It all seems like a lifetime ago. The internet today is almost as ubiquitous as the air we breathe – so much so that we ironically only realise its presence in its absence. Of the many requirements needed to realise a digital transformation in Penang, internet connection is...

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Timothy Choy

is an economic analyst at Penang Institute. He reminisces the good old days when McD sold popcorn.